HC Deb 11 March 1926 vol 192 cc2587-8
100. Major COHEN

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a non-ex-service man has been appointed to the position of superintendent relieving officer to the Bedwellty Union in spite of the fact that out of the four candidates who applied two at least were ex-service men, and that both of them had had longer Poor Law service than the man who was appointed; and whether this appointment was made with his approval?


Yes, Sir; I have communicated to the guardians complaints that an ex-service man should not have received this appointment, and the guardians, after considering the complaints, have informed me that they are satisfied that the selected candidate possessed the most suitable qualifications. It is of importance that this office should be revived in the union, and in all the circumstances I do not see my way to disapprove the appointment, but I will impress upon the guardians the desirability of filling, by the appointment of an ex-service man, the vacancy caused among the relieving officers by this appointment.

Colonel DAY

Will the right hon. Gentleman make that notification general to boards of guardians?


I will make it general where the circumstances are similar.