asked the Minister of Labour what action has been taken to mitigate the hardship suffered by National Service men who had arranged to begin university studies in October but will now be prohibited from doing so by the extended period of National Service.
Arrangements have been made for the early release of the men in question. Applications should be made through the usual Service channels.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will take steps to reduce the number of National Service men now granted deferment or exemption on various grounds so that as large a number as possible shall commence their period of service before their nineteenth birthday.
No. It is in the national interest, as well as in the interest of the young men themselves, that those who wish to defer their National Service until they have completed a recognised apprenticeship or an approved course of study should be enabled to do so.