§ Mr. CAIRNS
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that on the 20th April, 1914, it was stated that arrangements were then under consideration whereby Civil servants becoming Royal Engineer telegraphists would in future be allowed to retain their status as Civil servants and so count their whole service for purposes of Civil superannuation; what has been done to redeem that pledge; and whether, as the K Company question is still unsettled, he will carry out the promise then made?
§ Mr. PEASE
My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. Proposals on the lines indicated were under consideration in 1914, but owing to the War the matter had to be set aside. No pledge of any kind was given. I cannot yet say what arrangements may now be adopted in the altered circumstances brought about by the War.