§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider for release from the R.N. a medical student, details of whom have been submitted to him, who volunteered for the R.N. in 1940 when he had nearly completed his studies for the second examination of the medical degree, but now is anxious to finish his course and assist his father, an overworked medical practitioner, or whether he will secure priority of demobilisation for this student.
No, Sir. I am afraid that it is not possible to give any special preference to medical students for release from the Royal Navy. While I appreciate the motives which prompted this young man to join up at a time when he was reserved, there are so many students serving in the Armed Forces whose studies have been interrupted by the war that it is not possible to give any of them exceptional treatment. Their position has not been overlooked, however, in connection with the various Government Schemes for re-settlement and further education.