Public Trustee's Department.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall Lieut-Colonel Sir Assheton Pownall , Lewisham East


asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many non-service men and how many women are employed in the office of the Public Trustee's Department in a temporary capacity; and what steps he is taking to secure that the posts held by such personnel shall be filled by ex-service men who have been discharged from Government Departments and are now awaiting re-allocation?


There are 27 non-service men, of whom 10 are under notice, and 208 women employed in a temporary capacity in the Public Trustee's Department, including the Trading with the Enemy Department. Of the women, 168 are not substitutable by ex-service men, and of the remainder 16 are under notice of dismissal. The whole of the temporary non-service personnel is periodically under review by the Departmental substitution committee, and further substitution by ex-service men is proceeding as rapidly as the exigencies of the work permit.

Sir F. HALL:

How is it that it is not possible to substitute ex-service men for these women?


These are women who are doing work which is not suitable for men—charwomen and certain classes of typists.

Captain COOTE:

Why is the Trading with the Enemy Department retained, seeing that there is now no enemy?


There is a good deal of work to be cleared up.