HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 c58W
Mr. Spriggs

asked the Minister of Labour (1) what assistance he is giving to those employees who are dismissed whilst waiting for National Service call-up papers;

(2) if he will make an appeal to all employers not to dismiss, or make redundant, young men who are waiting to do their National Service; and, where there are young people unable to obtain work because of their imminent call-up, if he will consider the provision of a Ministry of Labour Trade Training Centre in the St. Helen's district.

Mr. Iain Macleod

During 1958, nineteen men complained of dismissal from employment because of liability for whole-time National Service. This is a very small figure in relation to the numbers called up and indicates that the great majority of employers show proper consideration towards young men awaiting call-up. I do not think that training centre facilities for young men awaiting call-up would assist them. If a young man has to enter the Armed Forces, it is best to arrange that he should do so without delay if he happens to become unemployed.

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