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COLLIER BOYS & THE ARMY, New Instructions Announced at Swansea. At the South-West Walez Colliery Tribunal at Swansea, Captain Harold Williams made an important announce- W ment as to the trrangements in regard to enlisting lads attaining the age of 18 while employed in or about coal mines, other than collierv clerks. (1) The National Service Depart- ment has issued instructions that a lad working on or about a coal mine will not in future be served with a calting-up notice.to report for service on a date earlier than that on which he attains the age of 18vears and 8 months. (2) Applications to the Colliery Re- cruiting Court for certifica.tes of ex- emption may, as from the 9th of Jan. 1918 be made by or on behalf of lads as soon as they attain the age of 17 years and 9 months; and the certifi- cates may be issued prior to their at- taining military age, and will be re- garded by the National Service De- partment as valid, although so issued. (3) The Court should grant exemp- tion if the lad was working in or about a coal mine prior to attaining the age of 17 years, and should refuse if he did not begin work in or about coal mines until after attaining the age of 17. If it is refused the lad will not, in fact, be called up until he has at- tained tho age of 18 ye Hi's and 9 months. (4) As attempts may lK. made by lads to enter the industry from other occupations in order to get the addi- tional eight ment-hs allowed by para- graph 1 before calling up, the Con- troller of Mines has issued instructions to coalowners that they are not to take into employment any lad coming from some other employment who has attained the age of 17 years and 9 months unless he can show some good and sufficient reason for entering the industry—for example, illness or acci- dent, or that his father has beer, habi- tually engaged in coal-mining.

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