63. Mr. Watkins
asked the Minister of Labour how many times Mr. Arthur Gwyn Parry, BQC 2668, was asked to attend for medical examinations; upon what date his deferment terminated and why; on what date a notice was sent for the last medical examination; why this skilled agricultural worker was called up 241W when he had been hired by Messrs. Price and Sons, Llwynllwyd, Merthyr Cynog, Breconshire; what consultations were held with the Brecon Agricultural Executive Committee as to whether his services were essential to this farm; and what action he has taken to find a substitute to maintain food production on this farm.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Mr. Parry has been summoned to attend for medical examination on six occasions, five of them because his former employer failed to apply in time for deferment or renewal of deferment. The last period of deferment terminated on 3rd September, 1955, but a belated application for renewal made on 9th September was rejected on the advice of the Agricultural Advisory Panel and the employer was notified on 4th October. The last notice requiring Mr. Parry to attend for medical examination was issued on 7th October. As has already been explained to the hon. Member, a man who changes his employment after the date on which a summons to attend for medical examination is issued is not eligible for consideration for deferment in a new job.
I understand that Messrs. Price and Sons Limited, have not notified any vacancy to the employment exchange; if they seek the assistance of my Department all possible help will be given to them.