HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 cc371-2

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that men who have served as many as fifteen years in His Majesty's dockyards and have taken part in the War, some being in the retreat from Mons in 1914, on returning to their former employment have found that young men who were serving as apprentices under them in 1914 have been placed on the establishment; whether he can see his way to give preference as regards establishment to men whose employment in the yards is of long standing and who have long war service to their credit; and will he specially consider in this respect the case of men who have been discharged as no longer fit for military service?


We shall certainly take service with the Colours as service to be taken into account in considering any man's claim to establishment. This of course applies to men resuming service in the dockyards after having been discharged from the Army or Navy as no longer fit for military service.