HC Deb 26 October 1916 vol 86 c1343W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will call the attention of the military authorities to the fact that Irish migratory labourers who come to England occasionally for a special purpose and return home when their special work is done are not ordinarily resident in Great Britain and are not, therefore, liable to compulsory military service; and will steps be taken to have a number of such labourers who have been forced into the Army released from service forthwith?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave yesterday to the hon. Member for the Harbour Division of Dublin. I can assure him that careful inquiry is made into all cases in which it is alleged that Irish migratory labourers have been improperly taken for military service.