HC Deb 30 November 1939 vol 355 cc236-7
35. Mr. Ammon

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that unestablished architectural assistants in the surveyor's department of the receiver's office, New Scotland Yard, have been given notice of termination of service; that the duties of these men are on the list of reserved occupations, and that they were especially asked in official memoranda not to join any organisation, either civil or military, which would prevent the carrying on of official duties; and whether, in view of the Government's appeal to private employers not to discharge their staffs, he will follow such advice with respect to those under his own control?

Sir J. Anderson

These officers were engaged on a temporary basis for a definite programme of work which has, unfortunately, had to be severely curtailed owing to war conditions. I much regret that there is no justification, therefore, for retaining their services. The officers have been registered on the Central Register kept by the Ministry of Labour and National Service so that they may be considered, along with other candidates, for any suitable vacancies that tray be brought to the notice of that Department; and some of them have already been found other employment.

Mr. Ammon

Does not the right hon. Gentleman accept responsibility inasmuch as under his direction they were prevented from taking other duties?

Sir J. Anderson

I think that is a misapprehension. They were informed as a matter of routine that their employment was covered by the schedule of reserved occupations.