asked the Minister of Labour whether he will inform the House as to the right of appeal against direction given by a National Service officer in Northern Ireland under Regulation 58A; and whether any industrial undertakings in Northern Ireland have been certified as essential undertakings or otherwise?
I have been asked to reply. Defence Regulation 58A makes no provision for a right of appeal against a direction given to a person under paragraph (1) of the Regulation whether he is in Great Britain or in Northern Ireland. There are, however, in Northern Ireland, as in Great Britain, administrative arrangements whereby persons to whom directions have been given may be afforded an opportunity of appealing to an independent board. Essential Work Orders under paragraph (4A) of the Regulation have not been made as respects any industrial undertakings in Northern Ireland. The only Essential Work Order applying to Northern Ireland is one relating to the Merchant Navy.