HC Deb 23 June 1937 vol 325 cc1213-5W
Captain Plugge

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can state the number of casual labourers who have

completed. The following statement gives details of the overcrowding position in the remaining 10 counties.

entered the Chatham dockyard during the past six months; how many were ex-service men; whether any of them had previously worked in the dockyard; whether he is aware of the number of ex-service casual labourers who are still unemployed in the district; and if he will see that some measure of employment is given to them, particularly if they have had previous dockyard experience?

Mr. Cooper

The Admiralty have always been Idly alive to the desirability of finding employment for ex-service men, and the policy is to enter:

  1. (i) ex-naval men and ex-dockyard employés,
  2. (ii) other ex-service men,
in preference to other candidates without Service claims. During the past six months, 593 casual labourers were entered at Admiralty industrial establishments in the Chatham district. Of these, 137 have been discharged and the yard has no record of their previous service. Of the 456 who remain rob are naval ex-service men, 92 ex-dockyard men and 121 ex-service men other than ex-naval men.

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