HC Deb 23 July 1918 vol 108 cc1656-7W

asked the Minister of National Service if his attention has been drawn to the complaints about men of military age who are being taken on at the new military works at Cippenham, in South Bucks, and who are obtaining exemption by reason of their being engaged in work of national importance, whereas in the same district skilled agriculturists are being taken from the farms for military service; whether such an arrangement is in keeping with the policy of the National Service Ministry; and, if not, whether he will institute a special inquiry into these cases?


No, Sir. I have not heard of any complaints. The protection granted to men employed on constructional work is based upon similar principles to those governing the grant of protection to agriculturists. Both agriculture and building construction are essential industries, and both have been subject to recruitment this year.