asked the Pensions Minister whether he is aware that representatives of his Department are seeking to employ in Dublin a qualified tailor's cutter to teach disabled soldiers; if he is aware that this teacher is proposed to be employed for thirty-five hours per week, and that the remuneration offered is £3 3s. per quarter or at the rate of l⅔d. per hour; if for this sum the teacher is asked to provide accommodation, pay rent, provide material for experimental purposes, etc.; and whether this remuneration, which was to be offered to a teacher of a highly technical and scientific branch of the tailoring trade, had received the sanction of his Department
§ Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
No such arrangement as is referred to in the hon. Member's question has been proposed. The Ministry's representative is negotiating with the proprietor of a tailors' cutting school in Dublin to train men who before enlistment were tailors as tailors' cutters. The fee proposed by the school was £12 12s. per man for three to twelve months. Instead of a fee of £12 12s. the Ministry recommended that a fee of 7s. 6d. per week per man be paid, being the same 1261W fee that is paid for similar training in London. The negotiations are still proceeding.