HC Deb 22 June 1939 vol 348 cc2470-1W
Sir G. Jones

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a number of the members of the Territorial forces are articled clerks of solicitors, and that in the ordinary course they will sit for the final examination to be held later in this year; and whether he will arrange that their period of military training may be postponed until after such final examination has been held in order to avoid the serious prejudice to their careers which might otherwise occur?

Sir V. Warrender

It has been decided that no exemptions should be given to any officer or man of a Territorial Army unit called out under the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces Act, 1939, but commanding officers may grant leave within certain limits.

Mr. Dunn

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now made inquiries into the decision of the Law Society that solicitors articled clerks liable to training under the Military Training

Act will, upon their return from training, have to serve a further period of six months under new articles which may involve payment of a further premium; and whether, in the regulations he proposes to make, provision will be made for ensuring that the six months training shall count as part of the period of apprenticeship or, at any rate, the clerk shall not be compelled to pay any additional premium, seeing there are nearly 40 such clerks involved in the Sheffield and Rotherham district?

Mr. E. Brown

The inquiries which I am making into this particular case are not yet complete, but I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.