HC Deb 05 March 1947 vol 434 cc79-80W
108. Mr. S. Shephard

asked the Minister of Labour if underground coalminers who are to be exempt from call-up to the Forces are also to be relieved from service in the Territorial Forces.

Mr. Ness Edwards

I presume the hon. Member is referring to the position under the National Service Bill which is shortly to be introduced, under which it is proposed to impose certain reserve obligations upon men who are called up after the end of 1948. So long as underground coal-miners are not called up to the Forces they will not have any reserve obligations.