HC Deb 22 April 1952 vol 499 cc7-8W
50. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will review the system of call-up for Z Reserve training, so as to ensure that key craftsmen in the building industry are exempted and the building programme is not upset.

Mr. J. R. H. Hutchison

No. The period of training is only 15 days and the long notice given should enable most employers in building and other industries to make arrangements to avoid a dislocation. In addition, representations in individual cases in which exceptional difficulty may arise, such as when several key workers have been called up for training over the same period, are considered sympathetically on their merits.

Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will grant automatic deferment of call-up until the day after polling day to Z reservists who are nominated as candidates in the local government elections.

Mr. Head

No. But any candidate who applies to the authority who sent him his call-up notice for a change of training dates can be sure that his request will be granted, where this is practicable, or that he will be exempted.