HC Deb 04 August 1939 vol 350 cc2817-8
16. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for War, when, in view of the fact that many ex-officers and others who have been serving as temporary clerks and in similar capacities with Territorial units have been replaced by women, he will do his best to find them some other form of employment.

Sir V. Warrender

I have no information to the effect suggested in the Question. On the other hand, recent expansion has given wide opportunity for employment to ex-service personnel.

17. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for War, whether any recommendation has been or will be made to con tractors and others engaged in the construction of Militia camps and similar works to give preference so far as possible to ex-service men, and, where light work only is required, to take on partially- disabled or unfit ex-officers and ex-service men who, though willing to serve their country actively, are debarred from doing so owing to wounds or hardships suffered during the Great War.

Sir V. Warrender

Save in exceptional circumstances, War Department contracts are confined to firms who are enrolled on the King's National Roll, which involves the employment of a certain proportion of disabled ex-service men. In addition, fin urgent appeal is addressed to all firms who obtain a War Department contract asking them to employ as large a proportion of ex-service men on their works as they possibly can.

Sir J. Lucas

Arising out of these Questions, would the Minister consider an individual case of a wounded ex-officer being replaced by a woman Territorial; and does he not consider that men who fought in the War should have preference over others?

Sir V. Warrender

That is a matter for the contractor.