§ Mr. FORREST
asked the Minister of Pensions the number of ex-service temporary clerks appointed to permanent unestablished posts in the Ministry of Pensions; and of that number how many were in receipt of disability pensions on 12th January, 1925?
§ Major TRYON
Out of 1,284 eligible candidates in the Ministry who were in receipt of disability pensions on the 12th January, 1925, 1,131 were selected for appointment to permanent unestablished posts, including eight who were appointed to other Departments. The1810W total number of ex-service temporary clerks who have been appointed to posts of the class referred to in the Ministry is 1,802.
§ Mr. DUCKWORTH
asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of P. N. Cossins, a disabled and pensioned ex-service clerk, attached to the Issue Office at Acton, who is under notice of discharge, taking effect on 31st March; why this employé, who has a wife and four children, does not, under the Regulations, qualify for preferential employment in a permanent unestablished post as against non-disabled ex-service men; and whether, in view of the fact that Cossins had for over 10 years satisfactorily carried out his duties, he will suspend the discharge and reinvestigate the circumstances?
§ Major TRYON
I regret that Mr. Cossins falls short of the standard of efficiency which has been fixed in my Department for appointment to the permanent class of unestablished clerks. The whole of the temporary clerks employed in the headquarter offices of this Ministry were under notice for the termination of their employment on the 31st March last, and I am unable to cancel the notice which has been issued to Mr. Cossins.