HC Deb 14 October 1952 vol 505 cc9-10W
77. Mr. Edward Davies

asked the Secretary of State for War upon what grounds a reservist is excused Class Z training; and what percentage of men have been relieved of this obligation during the last six months.

Mr. Head

The main grounds for exemption are medical and compassionate. I cannot give the figure for the last six months, but exemption from this year's training has been given to some 25 per cent. of the men.

Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for War what action he has now taken to ensure that the principle, last out first back, is applied in the selection of Z reservists for training in the Royal Artillery.

Mr. Head

As my hon. Friend explained in his letter of 13th August, this principle is one of those taken into account in the selection of men for mobilisation appointments and, therefore, for training, but it cannot be applied directly to determine the order in which the selected reservists are recalled for training.