HC Deb 25 February 1952 vol 496 cc84-5W
83. Mr. Ian Harvey

asked the Minister of Transport what steps are taken to make it clear to men joining or wishing to leave the Merchant Navy that they will still be liable for National Service if they obtain their discharge.

Mr. Maclay

Merchant seamen born in 1929 or later who leave the Merchant Navy before reaching the age of 26 become available, if medically fit for service, for call-up under the National Service Acts. Wide publicity has been given to this fact through the journals of the officers' and men's organisations.

While I think the position is generally known throughout the Merchant Navy. I am arranging for a leaflet giving full information to be issued to seamen when they register for National Service at a Mercantile Marine Office.

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