HC Deb 28 January 1947 vol 432 cc164-5W
126. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for War why, in view of the Government's policy that everything possible is being done to find employment for disabled ex-Servicemen of this war, eight pensioned disabled ex-Servicemen are being dismissed from R.E. Records, Brighton, on 31st January, whilst a family of mother, father and daughter, a bookmaker, a conscientious objector of the 1914–18 war and several women under 3o years of age remain.

Mr. Bellenger

The War Office is more than fulfilling its obligation under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act, 1944, by employing well over the minimum quota of 3 per cent. registered disabled persons. Apart from this obligation employees who are redundant must be discharged in accordance with the agreement reached by the Civil Service National Whitley Council, that is, in order of shortness of service; credit is given for military service in this war provided that the individuals began their present employment within three months of leaving the forces. I regret the necessity of discharging disabled people froth the Records Office at Brighton but the agreement must be carried out.

Every effort is made to absorb redundant employees from one War Department establishment into others and the names of those who cannot be absorbed are notified for consideration for employment in other Government Departments.