§ Mr. BOWERMAN
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether an attested man who has been granted four periods of exemption by a local tribunal 47W and who had reached the age of forty-one before the first period of expired, can now be called up for service?
§ Mr. BECK
My hon. Friend has asked me to reply. The Courts have decided that an unattested man who attained the age of forty-one years after the appointed date upon which he was deemed to have been enlisted and transferred to the Reserve for the duration of the War is not excepted from the liability to military service. In order that attested men might not be in a worse position than unattested men instructions were issued in October, 1916, that attested men who attained the age of forty-one years before the appointed date which would have been applicable to them if unattested are not to be called up for military service. Unless the man referred to in the hon. Member's question attained the age of forty-one years before the 2nd March, 1916 (if unmarried), or before the 24th June, 1916 (if married), he will in the absence of any certificate of exemption be called up for military service in the ordinary course.