HC Deb 04 December 1906 vol 166 c744
MR. CLYNES (Manchester, N.E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, whether the circular issued to General Officers Commanding at Home and Abroad, urging them to act in respect to the technical training of soldiers so as to fit them for positions in civil life, contains any reference to the necessity of pensioned ex-soldiers not being employed at wages below the standard in the various trades; whether he has made any recommendation on these lines to bodies existing to secure employment for ex-soldiers; and whether he will state the manner in which certificates of trade proficiency are to be issued to the men.


The circular letter to which the hon. Member refers was confined to suggestions as to the lines on which technical instruction might best be imparted to the soldier. The letter did not deal with the question of wages or conditions of employment, nor have any recommendations on this subject been made to employment agencies. No decision has been arrived at on the question of the issue of trade proficiency certificates.