HC Deb 14 October 1912 vol 42 c778
51. Mr. NEWMAN

asked the Post master-General whether his attention has been drawn to the dismissal from the Post Office factory, Mount Pleasant, of two employés on the established list, Mr. A. Searle and Mr. J. J. Smith, who had been in Government employment since 1893 and 1891 respectively; whether both these gentlemen were given notice of dismissal without the offer of alternative work; whether he is aware of paragraph 91 in the Report of the Departmental Commit tee on Post Office Factories; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

It was considered that it would be necessary to dispense with the services of these two foremen carpenters because, owing to the changed circumstances at the factory, there was no work for them of the kind and grade to which they were accustomed. Their retirement would, however, have been on pension. But I propose to give further consideration to the matter, and to see whether work of some other kind might not be found for them.