HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 cc229-30W
Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Prime Minister whether the Polish Government is exercising any powers of compulsion to require its nationals in this country to join the fighting forces in the present emergency; and whether such nationals are allowed to join His Majesty's forces if they prefer to do so?

Mr. Butler

The Polish Government have no powers of compulsion over their nationals resident in this country, but Polish law provides for the withdrawal of consular protection and possibly also of Polish citizenship in cases where Polish nationals attempt to evade conscription.

As regards the second part of the question, an Order-in-Council issued on the 28th September last provided that an alien

Grade. Numbers in grade. Salary. Previous occupation.
Deputy Director 1 £1,000 provisional Journalist.
Assistant Director 1 £900–1,050 Controller of Press Information and Publications, G.P.O.
Editor of Bulletins 1 £800 Journalist.
Assistant Editor of Bulletins 3 £650 Journalist.
Press Liaison Officers 8 7—£650 Journalists.
1—£150–525 Civil Servant, Press Section, G.P.O.
B.B.C. Staff 6 £650 B.B.C.

Grade. Numbers in grade. Salary. Previous occupation.
Director 1 Service pay Naval Officer—Underwriting member of Lloyd's.
Press Adviser 1 Unpaid Journalist.
Deputy Director 4 1—Service pay Naval Officer.
2—£l,200 1 Administrative, Journalistic and local government experience.
1 Barrister.
1—£800–1,100 plus £100 allowance. Civil Servant.

may hold a commission or may be entered or enlisted in any of His Majesty's Forces as if he were a British subject. Polish nationals applying for enlistment are, however, encouraged to enlist with the Polish armed forces.

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