HC Deb 08 July 1918 vol 108 cc27-8
30. Mr. WATT

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether any arrangement has yet been come to in the way of compensation or finding work for the engrossing clerks in the Sasines Office who are to be displaced by the introduction of typewriting in that office; how many of these clerks have yet been dealt with, and in which of these two ways, compensating or finding other work for them, and how many still remain to be dealt with; and is it intended to utilise the saving effected by the typewriting method, amounting, as the saving does, to 58 per cent. of the former cost, in compensating those clerks displaced by the substitution?


No engrossing clerks have yet been displaced. In any action which it may be possible to take for the introduction of typewriting due regard will be had to the interests of existing engrossers. There are practical difficulties which make any general change of system in the immediate future unlikely, and it would be premature to consider the adjustments which such a change would involve.


Are we to understand that typewriting has not been introduced, notwithstanding the recommendations of several Committees?


The matter is under consideration.

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