HC Deb 24 November 1920 vol 135 cc418-9
26. Mr. RAPER

asked the Minister of Labour if he will consider sending a strongly worded appeal to all commercial firms and companies employing 25 clerks and over, requesting them to increase their office staffs by the addition of one ex-service man for each 25 clerks already employed?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Dr. Macnamara)

My hon. and gallant Friend was so good as to make the suggestion contained in his question to me some days ago, and I at once took care that it should receive the consideration now being given to it.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider making regulations to compel private employers to reinstate ex-service men in their old employment rather than simply give it to women and temporary civil servants?


Broadly, the employers throughout the country have behaved very patriotically. They have absorbed over 5,000,000 men. It is as regards something like 250,000 that my hon. Friend is concerned. I do not think that I could at this moment suggest compulsion—so many have done so well I hope that employment may be found for these men.


Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that unmarried women who are dependent on their earnings will not be dismissed?


Great care is taken with regard to that.