§ 21. Mr. WATT
asked the Minister of Munitions whether he is aware that there are several skilled mechanics in the ranks of the 9th Cavalry Reserve Regiment, stationed at Shorncliffe; that since 1st March last the former employers of these men, at present doing extensive work in the making of shell fuses, have been petitioning for the return of these skilled 639 mechanics; that the War Office has all that time been aware of these facts and yet have not moved in the matter; and -whether he will take any action?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MUNITIONS DEPARTMENT (Dr. Addison)
My right hon. Friend is aware that there are skilled mechanics in the unit named. They are being dealt with under the scheme recently arranged with the War Office for the return of skilled men from the Colours.
§ Mr. G. TERRELL
Can the hon. Gentleman say whether he is experiencing any difficulty in obtaining the discharge of men through the War Office?
§ Dr. ADDISON
I can only say that final arrangements were only got in order a few days ago, and it is rather early at the present time to speak of difficulty.
§ Dr. ADDISON
I have had the names of seven men in this unit, but the hon. Member must remember that we do not pledge ourselves necessarily to send a man back to the place from which he came. We send him where his labour can best be used.