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National Service (Students)

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 27 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the hardship caused to conscripted Service personnel who have been accepted for admission into teacher training colleges or universities in September next, but who are not due for release until a few weeks after the date due for admission; and whether he will consider release in suitable cases on the applicant undertaking to continue military training with the Territorial Army.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend on 25th January to the hon. Member for East Harrow (Mr. Skinnard) which stated that

"intending students who were called up before the end of July, 1948, and who, but for the general slow-down in releases would have been released in time to start their studies this autumn, will be allowed early release if applied for by universities, technical colleges, or teachers' training colleges."—[OFFICIAL, REPORT. 25th January, 1949; Vol. 460, c. 112.]

Will the Parliamentary Secretary convey that to the Ministry of Education?

I understand that this information is very well known. It has been circulated to all the vice-chancellors, and all the university authorities are aware of it.