HC Deb 16 July 1941 vol 373 cc608-9W
Captain Lyons

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether his attention has been called to the case of a young man aged 30, employed as an inspector of small arms in his Department, who was recently convicted and sentenced at the Central Criminal Court; what qualification this man has for this appointment, and by whom was he chosen for the small arms inspectorate; whether his name was on the Central Register, and by whom was his character vouched; and whether he will now consider a general re-examination and overhaul of all temporary, and not definitely technical, employees of his Department under the age of 41?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

My attention has been drawn to the case to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers. I find that the man in question was never employed as an inspector, but was engaged through the local Employment Exchange in an industrial capacity at a weekly wage of 65s., and was subsequently employed at 78s. a week. I cannot see my way to institute a general inquiry of the kind suggested by my hon. Freind.