HC Deb 23 November 1916 vol 87 cc1608-9W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the scheme whereby men in categories unfit for general service are being released to work at specified trades in substitution for men fit for general service at present employed in these trades, taken in conjunction with the fact that men in categories not required for military service are being called to the Colours for the purpose of substitution, amounts to a scheme of industrial conscription; whether he has considered the injustice of a scheme of industrial conscription limited to the medically unfit; and whether he can make a statement of the policy of the Government in regard to this matter?


I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 14th November by the Prime Ministor to the hon. Member for the Attercliffe Division of Sheffield.

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