HC Deb 01 November 1920 vol 134 c22

asked the Prime Minister what are the functions of the Joint Substitution Board recently set up by the Treasury; and what steps are taken by the Board to obtain employment for ex-service men who have been employed in a Government Department, and whose services have had to be dispensed with owing to reduction of staff?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Chamberlain)

As recommended in the Interim Report of Lord Lytton's Committee, which is considering the appointment of ex-service men to posts in the Civil Service, the functions of the Joint Substitution Board are to watch over the work of Departmental substitution committees in placing ex-service men, and to place qualified ex-service men reported redundant by Departments. All departments of the Civil Service are required, when giving warning notice to any temporary ex-service member of their staff, to notify the Joint Substitution Board of the fact and of the man's qualifications; and the Board thereupon endeavour to-allot to all qualified men, so notified, another temporary post in the Civil Service.