HC Deb 18 June 1940 vol 362 cc43-4W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour whether, in view of the fact that in Scotland it is the practice for the managing clerk to be taken into partnership in the firm by which such managing clerk is employed, he will consider the placing of solicitors practising for themselves, either alone or in partnership, in the same reserved category as such managing clerks or as accountants?

Mr. Assheton

Arrangements have been made whereby applications for the deferment of the date of the calling up under the National Service (Armed Forces) Act of Scottish solicitors and their clerks will be considered in the first instance by a committee appointed by the General Council of Solicitors in Scotland (Secretary, James Milligan, Esq., W.S., 15, York Place, Edinburgh). The general council will present to the Lord Advocate any case in which they consider that some deferment should be granted; and the Lord Advocate has agreed to forward to the Minister of Labour and National Service any case in which he concurs in that view. My right hon. Friend considers that these arrangements will prove more satisfactory than the inclusion in the Schedule of Reserved Occupations of entries relating to solicitors and to solicitors' clerks.