HC Deb 30 April 1913 vol 52 cc1203-4W

asked the Secretary for War whether, in the case of James Lynch, late a pensioner clerk in the War Office, York, any official inquiry has been made into the circumstances of his dismissal; and, if so, why Lynch was not given an opportunity of attending and stating his case?

Colonel SEELY

In September, 1910, Mr. Lynch was informed by the officer commanding, records, that his work in the office was unsatisfactory, and that unless he showed marked improvement during the next quarter he would have to be discharged. At the end of the December quarter he was again informed that his work was unsatisfactory, but that he would be given three months more to enable him to tide over the winter. On the 1st April he was given one month's notice in accordance with the terms of his engagement. The case was the subject of inquiry by the War Office in July, 1911, and Mr. Lynch was informed that the Army Council considered that he had been treated with consideration, and that he had no reasonable ground for complaint.