§ Mr. MALONE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what number of men have recently been discharged from the works and building staff at C ran well Aerodrome, in Lincolnshire; what steps were taken to carry out the intimation made by the Secretary of State for Air on 23rd July, 1928, that the men will have an opportunity of finding employment; how many days' holiday they were entitled to on discharge; and whether they are entitled to any gratuity?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
In answer to the first part of the question, 155 men have been discharged, but approximately two-thirds of these discharges were the result not of the change of policy referred to in the reply to the hon. Member on 23rd July, 1928, but of the completion of a new building work service upon which they were engaged. As regards the second part, efforts made by the local works and buildings officers have resulted in 12 of the discharged men having been engaged by the maintenance contractor, and 45 others being found employment with various contractors working for the Department. As regards the third part, all men who have completed one full year's service with the1074W Department have been granted one week's paid leave, in accordance with the recent Government announcement regarding leave for Government industrial employees. As regards the last part, those employees who have completed not less than seven years' service and have been discharged on reduction of establishment are entitled to be considered for gratuities in accordance with Section 4 of the Superannuation Act of 1887.