§ Sir R. Gower
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that his Ministry has directed Mr. W. F Cooper, temporary cost accountant, to return to War Office employment, under Defence Regulation 58A, at a time when 10 temporary cost accountants in the War Office were under notice of discharge on redundancy grounds; and whether he will instruct National Service officers to refrain from issuing directions under Defence Regulation 58A when adjustments of staff can be met by voluntary methods.
§ Mr. Bevin
At the time a direction was given to Mr. Cooper it was not fully appreciated that the War Office had a number of redundant accountants. My instructions to National Service officers provide that they should not issue directions in this type of case where adjustments of staff can reasonably be made.