HC Deb 28 November 1951 vol 494 cc1509-10
60. Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he will consult with the Minister of Labour with a view to ensuring offers of suitable employment to those part-time workers at the Royal Marine tailoring depot at Portsmouth, whose contracts cease in December, and for whom his Department can find no further employment owing to the move to Chatham.

The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. Wingfield Digby)

In accordance with the normal practice, the local officers of the Ministry of Labour and National Service will be informed that there will no longer be employment for the majority of these part-time workers at the depot. I should explain that there is no contract between the Admiralty and these workers, who have been employed only when suitable work has been available.

Sir J. Lucas

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is considerable anxiety in my constituency on this subject? Will he do his utmost to see that recommendations are made to find these people employment?

Mr. Digby

Certainly that will be done, and already provision has been made in cases of special hardship.

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