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Clause 5—(Liability To Complete Interrupted Service)

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 17 July 1947

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Lords Amendment: In page 4, line 16, leave out from "person" to end of Clause and insert:

"applies in the prescribed manner to the Minister for the cancellation or variation of the notice on the ground that he is not liable to be called upon to undertake part-time service under this section or is liable to undertake a term of part-time service shorter than that specified in the notice, the Minister shall, unless he grants the application, refer it to a referee selected by the Minister from a panel of persons nominated by the Lord Chancellor; and the notice shall not become operative to enter or enlist the applicant for service except as from such date and for such a term as may be determined by the Minister or the referee as aforesaid "

10.10 p.m.

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

It may be for the convenience of the House if I explain that this Amendment and the subsequent Amendments have been put down by the Government, in another place, in response to undertakings that were given in this House to hon. Members who raised a number of questions in the previous Debates on this Bill. I hope that in each case we have fully carried out the undertakings specifically given, and the promise that we would look into the matter. These Amendments carry out those undertakings, and unless there is any desire for some explanation, I propose to say no more.

I should just like to thank the right hon. Gentleman and the Government for the way in which they have met the point I raised in this regard on the Report stage. I did raise the point about the man who wished to dispute the notice given in writing. I presume that will be covered by the prescribed regulations.

I feel sure—and I am sure the right hon. Gentleman will state that it is the fact—that the notice served upon the individual will inform him of his rights of making representations if he thinks the notice is wrong.

Question put, and agreed to.