§ Mr. CAIRNS
asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Postmaster-General has made a request to the War Office for the employment of Royal Engineer telegraphists upon purely civilian work during Henley week; whether he is aware that the Postmaster-General has been unable to obtain the usual volunteers from among the civilian telegraphists owing to the inadequate subsistence rate which was offered; and whether he will give a definite assurance that the military forces of the Crown shall not be used on civilian work to the detriment of the trade union claims of organised civilian labour?
I am informed that there is no trace of any such request having been received at the War Office. The second part of the question is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Postmaster-General. The answer to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.