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Students (Industrial Direction)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 11 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will reconsider the position, details of which have been submitted to him, of a number of young men with scientific knowledge who had completed the first two years of their university course or had taken their degree and needed a further year in which to gain the teaching diploma and who were directed into civilian work; and the position of younger men who had entered for university courses and were similarly directed and are liable to be conscripted for military service, which will prevent them from continuing their careers for seven or eight years, as their treatment compares unfavourably with that of university students in the Armed Forces.

I have already considered this matter, and certain arrangements have recently been made with a view to bringing the position of students who entered industry into line, as far as possible, with that of students in the Armed Forces. I am writing the hon. Member about the individual cases.