asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now report the result of the interview between the chairman of the Manchester and District Local Employment Committee and Councillor Lawrence Flood on the subject of the resignation of Councillor Flood, which was accompanied by a protest against the Establishment Branch of the Department giving posts in employment exchanges to persons who have retired from business whilst ex-service men are out of employment?
I am informed that the Chairman of the Manchester Employment Committee has seen Councillor Flood, who has withdrawn his resignation from that committee. I should add that the post referred to was a part-time appointment as branch manager, which the present occupant has held for some years. I may add that the appointments to temporary posts at the Exchanges are, in the case of men, confined rigidly to ex-service men. In fact, excluding 747 branch managers—0a very considerable proportion of whom are themselves ex-service men—of the total male temporary staff of the Ministry, 99.16 per cent. are ex-service men.