HC Deb 10 July 1919 vol 117 cc2045-6W
Colonel ASHLEY

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether he is aware that of sixty-two discharged disabled soldiers who had been given employment at the National Aircraft Factory No. 1 at Waddon, alter a course of training, all but twenty-two had been dismissed by the 23rd June last, although men who have not seen a days military service, and many women, are still retained in good positions; that sums amounting in some cases to £20 per head, which had been advanced by the Ministry of Pensions to set these men up in tools, have been practically wasted in consequence; that owing to the inadequacy of the training these men had received, followed by only a few months' engagement on repetition work, they are now greatly handicapped in their search for employment; and whether it would be more in accord with the avowed policy of the Government to discharge, first of all, some of the women and men who had not served, and, instead of dismissing the discharged disabled men, to have given them the option of transfer to an ordnance or other suitable establishment where they could have been put under competent instructors for the completion of their training?


I am calling for a detailed report from this factory, and shall be glad if my hon. and gallant Friend will repeat his question on Tuesday next