HC Deb 26 February 1918 vol 103 cc1260-1W

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


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 fee that is paid for similar training in London. The negotiations are still proceeding.