HC Deb 20 June 1940 vol 362 c256W
Miss Rathbone

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that certain schoolmasters employed by the London County Council in evacuated schools in reception areas have been permitted to join the Local Defence Volunteers on condition that the work involved does not interfere with school work; and, as it is impossible for men undertaking military service to ensure compliance with this condition and undesirable that they should be deterred by it from joining, will he state what is the position of such schoolmasters if their military and civilian duties conflict?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I understand that persons are permitted to join the Local Defence Volunteers on the understanding that their services will normally be available only outside the hours of civil employment. The position of teachers in this respect is no different from that of other persons in full-time employment.