§ Mr. R. YOUNG
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will consider the case of skilled engineering draughtsmen who were engaged on Government work and in Government Departments during the War and who held scheduled occupation certificates, A.M.W. 3,476/a Army Reserve, also who attested under Lord Derby's scheme and were debarred from joining His Majesty's forces owing to the nature of their employment, the consideration being with a view to the classification of such men as ex-service in connection with the substitution scheme set up under the chairmanship of the Earl of Lytton; and if he will issue instructions to the effect that men as described above, who may have had notices of termination of employment given to them, can be temporarily retained pending the settlement of the question?
§ Sir R. SANDERS
As the hon. Member has been previously informed the rule as regards service has been strictly maintained in all cases, and it is regretted that exceptional treatment cannot be accorded to the draughtsmen referred to.