§ MR. W. D. WARD (Southampton)
To ask the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether having regard to the proposed increase in the staff of civil assistants and labourers in the Ordnance Survey Office, as provided for in the Civil Service Estimates, Class 1, Vote 10, it will be possible to utilise, for the purpose of such increase, the employees in the Derby Division now under notice of dismissal.
(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) The increase of staff provided for in the Estimates is chiefly in the printing or publication department at Southampton, and as the employees in the Derby Division now under notice of dismissal are not trained or suitable in any way for this work I regret that it is not practicable to adopt my hon. friend's suggestion.