Oral Answers to Questions — Government Employes (Protection Certificates).

– in the House of Commons on 22nd June 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Kennedy Mr Thomas Kennedy , Kirkcaldy District of Burghs

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether, in connection with the reduction in industrial staffs in the various Government Departments, the Government have instructed the Departments that in considering the merits of a particular case, in which the man held a protection certificate during the War, priority is to be given to a man who obtained the certificate through the instrumentality of the Department now employing him over a man who obtained his certificate through other sources; and, if so, will he state the reason for this discrimination?

Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Rugby

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. The treatment accorded to non-service personnel is dependent mainly upon the individual circumstances of the case, and is, accordingly, a matter primarily within the jurisdiction of the Department in which the officer cancerned is employed.