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University Students (Call-Up)

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 6 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will take steps to expedite the procedure of call-up for National Service, and in particular the call for medical examination of university students; and if he is aware that the delays at present experienced in over six months in some cases for the Royal Air Force prejudice the future careers of post-graduate studies of these students.

We do our best to avoid delay in these cases, particularly when the graduate proposes to resume studies after his National Service. Students from all universities become available at about the same time. Many of them are potential officers and if their posting is to be done to the best advantage, it must be spread over a certain time. Some delay is, therefore, inevitable in certain cases, but I will certainly see whether, with the help of the R.A.F., we cannot make any further improvement.