Enemy Debts Clearing Office.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 13th March 1923.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Groves Mr Thomas Groves , West Ham Stratford

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will investigate the circumstances attending the discharge of Mr. S. W. Cameron, previously engaged under the Board of Trade in the Enemy Debts Clearing Office, whose leaving certificate stated the reason specifically to be the amount of sick leave the man found it necessary to take; and, as the man is a disabled ex-service man, will he extend leniency, as his sick leave is consequent upon his War service disability?

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

I have carefully investigated the circumstances attending the discharge of Mr. S. W. Cameron from the Clearing Office (Enemy Debts), and I regret that I am unable to alter the decision already reached in this case.

Photo of Mr Thomas Groves Mr Thomas Groves , West Ham Stratford

Is the Noble Lord aware that the certificate of discharge stated specifically that it was on account of the sick leave taken, and that the sick leave was due entirely to war services rendered? Does he not think that such action on the part of the Government would be very much against the principle, which is urged on private employers, of giving employment to ex-service men?

Photo of Viscount  Wolmer Viscount Wolmer , Aldershot

All the clerical members of the staff in that Department are ex-service men. Reductions having been necessary, the decision was come to in the case of Mr. Cameron, in view of all the circumstances of the case.