§ Lieut.-Colonel McDONNELL
asked the Secretary of State for War why, in view of the terms of appointment of supervisors and technical assistants in the Royal 587W Ordnance factories, Woolwich, whereby engagements are dependent on obtaining a permanent appointment within a certain period of years, this condition was not enforced in the case of Mr. Bremner, who, although employed in a temporary managerial capacity for over two years, while serving in the grade of technical assistant was discharged prior to an employé who had longer service in the technical assitant grade?
§ Sir L. WORTHINGTON-EVANS
The terms of appointment to the grade of technical assistant, which superseded the grade of supervisor, mention the period of tenure as normally four years. This has not, however, been applied as a rigid rule, and retention for a longer period does not of itself imply subsequent promotion to the managerial ranks. The discharge of technical assistants not selected for such posts does not necessarily take place in order of length service, but each case is considered on its merits and I regret that there are no grounds for altering the decision reached in Mr. Bremner's case. I am advised that Mr. Bremner has at no time discharged full managerial duties in the factories.