HC Deb 15 November 1916 vol 87 cc812-3W
Colonel CRAIG

asked the Secretary of State for War if his attention has been directed to the matter of employment of discharged soldiers who have recovered from their wounds and sickness; if many of these men have been obliged to seek employment in other countries, thereby having to provide for two homes; if several men eligible for military service are employed in munition and other Government Departments in Dublin, while un-pensioned soldiers, some having mechanical and clerical knowledge, are denied employment; and if he will instruct those responsible for such treatment, with a view also to encouraging recruiting in Ireland, that in future competent discharged soldiers shall be given a preference?


The duty of providing for the care of disabled men after they have left the Service has been imposed by Parliament on the Statutory Committee. I understand the. Committee have no information as to men being obliged to seek employment in other countries, but I am sure they will inquire into any cases of which particulars are sent to them. The Ministry of Munitions naturally has every desire to make use of the services of ex-soldiers, as indeed has every other Government Department.