§ 50. Lieut.-Colonel HURST
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Lieutenant J. S. Archer, of 4, Wellington Street, Moss Side, has been refused reinstatement as higher grade clerk (established) in the Employment Exchange Department, Salford, on the ground that owing to the summary orders of the Air Ministry, dated 23rd September, 1918, he had no time to procure leave from London before reporting for duty; whether he is aware of the good reports made on this officer's work both in 1515 the Royal Air Force and in the Pensions Ministry; and whether he will exercise his clemency by waiving the technical point, and reinstate this officer in view of his services to the State?
§ Sir M. BARLOW
It is the case that Lieutenant J. S. Archer was refused reinstatement as a permanent officer in the Ministry of Labour. Mr. Archer had already served in this country during the War to 16th March, 1918, when he resigned his commission. Subsequently, on the 17th August, 1918, he applied for permission to rejoin the Forces as an administrative equipment officer in the Royal Air Force. Permission to do so was refused on 30th August. Notwithstanding this refusal, Mr. Archer left the Ministry of Labour and returned to the Forces on the 30th September, 1918. Some 15 months later, on 20th January, 1920, Mr. Archer applied for reinstatement, but after a careful consideration of all the circumstances of his case, it was decided that his request could not be acceded to.