HC Deb 16 November 1914 vol 68 c225W
Colonel WARDE

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that Govern-employés who wish to volunteer for service for the period of the War are informed that employment in their respective departments, including arsenals and dockyards, cannot be guaranteed at the expiration of the War; and whether, in the case of unskilled labourers, these men will be released on the same terms as to re-employment as are being offered by most private employers of labour?


Whole time Government employés, including those in the dockyards, who have been in regular and quasi-permanent employment and who volunteer with the permission of the head of their department, will in addition to other advantages, have their places kept open for them during their absence on naval or military service. Men in the arsenals, whether skilled or unskilled, are being similarly treated; but it is obviously impossible to guarantee re-employment after the War in the case of temporary hands taken on since the outbreak of War owing to War pressure.