HC Deb 13 March 1950 vol 472 cc33-4W
95. Sir H. Williams

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many persons other than Ministers arc authorised to sign Statutory Instruments; and in how many cases they are authorised to do so without the Minister having approved the terms of the Instrument.

in any particular financial year cannot properly be related to the numbers who register in that financial year; it is related to the numbers who register at the first three quarterly registrations in that financial year and the last quarterly registration in the preceding, financial year. For example, the numbers available for calling up in the financial year 1950–51 are directly related to the registration of the 1932 age class in March, June, September and December, 1950.

On existing medical standards and deferment rules, it is estimated that the numbers of men available for calling up for National Service in the next three financial years will be as follows:

Mr. Jay

Ministers nowadays sign most Statutory Instruments of a general character themselves. Where exceptionally they are signed by officials, it is usually the Permanent Head of the Department who signs. Ministers personally approve the terms of all these Instruments.