HC Deb 12 February 1946 vol 419 cc43-4W
Mr. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for War if, in view of the shortage of building operatives, he will release immediately 14611314 Private H. Jenkins of the Black Watch, a foreman bricklayer and the father of six children; and is he aware that the man's employers have been trying to get his release since June last year.

Mr. Lawson

This soldier is classified as a bricklayer. Bricklayers are being offered Class B release under the block release scheme. It has not yet been found necessary to call upon men of his age and service group to meet the demands by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, nor has any application been received from the Ministry of Labour and National Service for his release as an individual specialist.

Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for War why a young soldier, of whose name he has been informed and whose medical category has been reduced in a few months from A1 to B7, is not receiving proper medical treatment, but is being compelled to undergo a training which is increasing his disability; and will he arrange for a medical examination by a specialist forthwith and for the training to be eased, pending the medical report.

Mr. Lawson

The hon. Member should by now have received the full reply about this case which was sent to him yesterday.