HC Deb 17 July 1924 vol 176 c602W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the number of discharges that have taken place in His Majesty's naval establishments since the 31st March, 1923, giving a list of the establishments and the numbers of workmen discharged from each, and the proportion of ex-service men included among the workmen so discharged?


Since the 31st March, 1923, considerable numbers of workmen have been entered, and a large proportion of the men who have been discharged were men who were entered temporarily, subsequent to the 31st March, 1923, in relief of unemployment. In the Vote 8 Departments since the 31st March, 1923, there has been a net increase of over 2,000 in the number of workmen employed; this increase is largely due to the retention of men who were engaged for temporary service. To give precisely the figures asked for by the hon. Member would necessitate a detailed examination of the discharges, and would involve a considerable amount of labour for the staffs of the establishments; I hope, therefore, that the hon. Member will not press for a categorical answer.