§ SIR JOHN PULESTON (Devonport)
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether, having reference to the number of men in the Devonport Dockyard being reduced to about the proportion assigned to it of the 18,000 at which the Dockyard establishments are to be maintained, he can now say that preference will be given to the re-employment of those discharged in filling up vacancies as they may arise from deaths, superannuation, or other causes?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON) () Middlesex, Ealing
In the event of any re-entries, preference will be given to such discharged hands as 1357 may present themselves for re-employment, provided their qualifications are suitable.
§ DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)
asked, what was the average number of reentries per annum owing to the cause mentioned in the Question?
§ LORD GEORGE HAMILTON
said, he did not know that there had been any hitherto, because the tendency in past years had been to increase rather than diminish establishments.