§ 62. Mr. Shurmer
asked the Minister of Defence, in view of the delays of weeks and sometimes months, in many cases, between the medical examination and call-up of National Service men resulting in a period of disturbance and uncertainty in their industrial, social and home life, if he will consider taking steps to see that that period counts towards the man's National Service.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
All men registered under the National Service Act are informed, at the time of registration, that an interval of between six and eight weeks will occur between their medical examination and the date of call-up to the Forces. This interval is necessary for administrative reasons. It also enables the man to make any necessary domestic arrangements, and the employer to arrange a replacement. I could not accept the suggestion in the last part of the Question.