The staff of the Ministry of Labour (exclusive of branch managers—who are paid by fees—and industrial staff) totalled 16,535 on the 1st January, 1923, and 15,104 on the 1st July, a reduction of 1,431. Between the same dates the number of ex-service men employed in the Department has been reduced by 1,277, representing rather more than 89 per cent. of the total reduction. The number of ex-service men, however, still employed is 85.5 per cent. of the total male employés.
There are already rules laid down by the various Government inquiries which have sat on the subject, and we carry out absolutely the recommendations of those Committees.