§ Major COHEN
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the total number of men employed at the Royal Naval Cordite Factory at Holton Heath; what number of disabled men this includes and what number of fit ex-service men; and whether it is their Lordships' intention to retain any non-ex-service men so long as ex-service men are being discharged?
§ Commander EYRES-MONSELL
The total number of men employed at Holton Heath Cordite Factory is 537. Of these, 68 are disabled men and 115 non-disabled 1235W ex-service men. No further discharges are being carried out at the present time, but efforts are being made to substitute ex-service men where practicable for non-service men on work which is not of a specially skilled character. I may add that the matter has been discussed with representatives of the British Legion who have expressed agreement with the steps which the Admiralty are taking as regards substitution.