§ Lieut.-Commander Tufnell
asked the Home Secretary whether any changes have been made in his Department during the current year as regards the employment of a greater number of ex-service men and, if so, of what nature?
§ Sir S. Hoare
The number of ex-Service men employed on the non-industrial staff of the Home Office on 1st April, 1936, and 1st April, 1937, were 477 and 543 respectively. The numbers of men on the industrial staff on the same dates were 26 and 128 respectively, but the figures as to the division of these numbers between ex-Service and non-Service men are not available. The greater part of the male industrial staff is employed in the Air Raid Precautions Department, and preference is given to ex-Service men in making appointments.