HC Deb 15 May 1918 vol 106 cc378-9W

asked the Minister of National Service whether he has considered the position of exempted men who have taken allotments for the production of food, upon whom the obligation to enrol in the Volunteers would inflict much hardship; and whether he can issue any Instructions as to the value of allotment cultivation when the obligation is being decided by tribunals?


I have been asked to answer this question. Any man who wishes to be relieved of his liability to join the Volunteer Force should put his claim before the tribunal when his case for exemption is being heard. Tribunals have been instructed to consider carefully any request to be relieved of the liability, and the cultivation of allotments was specially referred to. I have no reason to think that tribunals are not fully aware of the importance of their cultivation.