HC Deb 07 May 1919 vol 115 cc885-6
19. Mr. HOHLER

asked how many writers have been released within the last six weeks and how many civilians employed to discharge their duties; and will he inquire as to whether captain paymasters and other officers in this Department are putting difficulties in the way of the employment of civilians?


The number of Writers who have been released within the last six months is 361. I am unable to give the actual number of civilian substitutes, but a few have already been utilised, and the entry of such substitutes for a considerable proportion of writers awaiting demobilisation is now in progress. As regards the last part of my hon. and learned Friend's question, I am assured that every encouragement is being given for the entry of civilians when such entry will expedite demobilisation, and that no difficulties are being placed in the way of their employment


Is my right hon. Friend aware that schoolmasters, bank clerks, and others are employed, and I am informed that they are doing really nominal work? I am credibly informed that abstraction is put in their way by the paymasters.


This is the time for asking questions, and not for giving information.


Can the right hon. Gentleman inform the House whether it is the intention of the Government to release all writers as soon as possible?


Certainly, but these are the pivotal men of our scheme of demobilisation. We have endeavoured to relieve the situation by taking on civilians as far as possible.