HC Deb 30 March 1949 vol 463 cc1202-3
26. Sir Ronald Ross

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many non ex-Service men are employed by the Admiralty in Northern Ireland; and whether any ex-Service men have been discharged for redundancy during the last year in Northern Ireland.

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. Walter Edwards)

The answer to the first part of the Question is 983 industrials and 209 non-industrials; to the second part, 54 industrials and 2 non-industrials.

Sir R. Ross

Is the Civil Lord surprised that ex-Service men in Northern Ireland are most indignant at this state of affairs?

Mr. Edwards

I cannot see any reason why they should be indignant. So far as ex-Service men are concerned, over 50 per cent. on the industrial side are ex-Service men, and over 65 per cent. on the non-industrial side.

Mr. Gallacher

Is it not the case that, if only ex-Service men were employed in the Admiralty yards at Belfast, the majority would be Eire citizens?

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