§ Mr. JOHN DAVISON
asked the Minister of Labour whether, in giving preference to ex-service men for employment on relief work, men who served in previous wars but, owing to age or condition, were unable to serve in the late War are to be regarded as ex-service men, and, if not, the reason why?
§ Sir M. BARLOW
Men who served in previous wars but did not serve in His Majesty's Forces during the Great War are not regarded as ex-service men for the purpose of preference for employment on relief work. The preference to ex-service men on relief work was instituted largely in recognition of the fact that these men would be likely to have more difficulty in returning to their normal occupations than other men who had not served during the Great War.