§ Mr. AYLES
asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of existing widespread unemployment, he will suspend the operation of the notices of dismissal now pending in connection with ex-service men employed by the Ministry of Pensions until proper inquiry has been made as to the possibility of their absorption in other branches of the Civil Service?
§ Major TRYON
I regret that it is impracticable to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion. The possibility of finding further employment in the Ministry for ex-service men is my first consideration, and has already been fully explored in the cases of the men at present under notice. Full particulars of all men whose discharge is pending are supplied to the Joint Substitution Board in London or to the Divisional Selection Committees of the Ministry of Labour in the provinces who, in turn, make every effort to provide further suitable employment for them