HC Deb 16 May 1944 vol 400 c42W
Sir H. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War why, on the instructions of his Department, a man whose name has been communicated to him was arrested when he reported on the instructions of the Ministry of Labour for work at a coal mine in Kent.

Sir J. Grigg

This man was released to the Reserve in 1941 in order that he should enter the Palestine Police Force. He left this force at the end of last year and was recalled to the Colours in the normal way. He failed to report and steps were then taken to secure his services. He was accordingly apprehended by the civil police at the end of February. From subsequent inquiry it appears that he failed to inform the local office of the Ministry of Labour of his liability as a Reservist, and in the absence of any known reason to the contrary he was accepted as a volunteer for training for the mines.