HC Deb 19 February 1917 vol 90 c998W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War by what authority a calling-up notice has been sent to D. F. Griffiths, of Llanelly, who has been placed in category C3, and is a certificated teacher and therefore additionally exempt by Army Council Instruction 1,398?


In reply to the hon. Member's question, Daniel Griffiths' case was heard by the local, Appeal, and Central Tribunals, with the result that he was granted exemption from combatant service and also from non-combatant service provided that he undertook work of national important approved by the Central Tribunal, and this he failed to do. I would remind the hon. Member that it was only after the decision of the Central Tribunal that Mr. Griffiths consented to be medically examined and claimed to come within the arrangement by which teachers unfit for general service are not called to the Colours at present; and the fact that a man comes within the terms of an arrangement of this kind does not in itself constitute an exemption from military service. The instructions to which the hon. Member refers merely states that teachers unfit for general service are not to be called up without reference to the War Office and were never intended to override the decisions of tribunals set up under the Military Service Acts.