HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 cc107-8W
Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Labour how many men under the age of 30 years, who have worked in reserved occupations during the war, have been called up for military service since 1st January last; and how many have been excused.

Mr. Isaacs,

pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 21st November, 1946, c. 1018], supplied the following statement: Precise statistics on this question are not available, but it is estimated that about 110,000 men between 20 and 30 years of age who had been retained in industry during the war entered the Forces during the period January to October, 1946. It is also estimated that there are at present about 390,000 men of the same age fit for military service, in civilian employments who have not served in the Forces or the Merchant Navy; the majority of these are in the coalmining, farming and railway industries.

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