HC Deb 19 November 1941 vol 376 c347W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the importance of the work being done for the war effort by Mr. Constantinesco, and of the unique assistance rendered to him by his stepson, Mr. Richard Litton, of Oxon House, Torver, Coniston, Westmorland, he will exempt the step-son from military service?

Mr. Bevin

I have no power to exempt from Military Service any man who is not exempted under the National Service Acts. A man may be reserved from Military Service under the Schedule of Reserved Occupations or, if not so reserved, his calling up may be deferred on the grounds of his employment on work of vital national importance. I am making inquiries about Mr. Litton's position and will write to my hon. Friend when these have been completed.