HC Deb 19 March 1923 vol 161 cc2091-2

asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether he is aware that the principal clerk of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, a married man over 55 years of age, with 14 years, less four years during the War period, efficient service, was dismissed from his post as at 3lst March, 1922, on the ground of national economy; that this Was due to the Treasury rationing the Commission at a figure which precluded the salaries of all the staff which was one short of normal, being met, and notwithstanding the protest of the Commission; whether he is aware that the clerk has offered to carry out his duties at a reduced salary during the present financial strain; and whether, seeing that no reduction has taken place in the staff of the similar Commission in England, but that the salaries of that staff have been increased, he will consider the reinstatement of this clerk?

Captain ELLIOT (Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health, Scotland)

The facts with regard to the clerk referred to are substantially as stated in the question. His case has been carefully considered, but, as the services of such a clerk are not essential to the performance of the work, my Noble Friend cannot recommend a reversal of the decision taken a year ago. I am informed that in the case of the English Commission the unexpected return of an investigator who had been seriously wounded in the War caused an addition to the total cost for salaries, but that, on the other hand, some reductions were made in staff and salaries. The aggregate cost of each Commission was substantially reduced in 1922–23 on grounds of economy.


In view of the very great services which this official has rendered for many years under the Scottish Department, will the hon. and gallant Gentleman reinstate him, or give him employment in some other Department, and not leave him stranded as he is now?

Captain ELLIOT

I will certainly see whether that suggestion can be carried out.