§ 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.