HC Deb 27 April 1909 vol 4 cc184-5

asked the hon. Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agricul- ture, whether a communication, dated 12th March, has been received from the secretary of the Royal Gardens, Kew, Employés' Union, in relation to a number of sub-foremen and gardeners employed at the Royal Gardens, Kew, who are under notice of dismissal; and, if so, will he say whether the Department intends to allow the precedent mentioned therein to stand.

The TREASURER of the HOUSEHOLD (Sir E. Strachey)

The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The sub-foremen and gardeners, to whom my hon. Friend refers, were not dismissed; their period of service terminated in ordinary course under the regulations applicable to the gardening service at Kew. It is not proposed to make a practice of extending the normal period of service, as was done in certain cases under exceptional circumstances last year.


Do I understand the hon. Gentleman to say that when these men were appointed at Kew there was a time stipulated when they should cease to be employed?


Yes, sir.