HC Deb 19 April 1955 vol 540 cc19-20
34. Mr. Burden

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken to ensure the continued employment of the technical officials lately employed in Anti-Aircraft Command.

Mr. F. Maclean

About a third will continue to be employed on work connected with anti-aircraft equipment. Of the remainder, as many as possible will be transferred to other War Department establishments or to suitable vacancies offered by other Government Departments. A number will have to be discharged as redundant. These will all be temporary officials.

Mr. Burden

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, but will he undertake to see that those men who are to be discharged will be given a reasonable period in which to try to place themselves in employment elsewhere?

Mr. Maclean

For the moment there is sufficient work to keep all these officials employed. They will certainly be given time to find other work before being finally discharged.