Appeal Case, Hounslow.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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Mr. J. Henderson:

asked the Minister of Labour, whether he is aware that the chairman of the Appeal Board at the Hounslow employment exchange altered the grounds of dismissal in the case of 44/1 from inefficiency and unsatisfactory service to unsuitability, afterwards deciding against the appellant; and, seeing the case was not decided on the grounds for which the appeal court was called, will he have the case reheard by another tribunal?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

No. Sir. The Board's recommendation was that the National Service officer's decision should be confirmed, and I am not aware of any irregularity in their action or that of the chairman.

Mr. Henderson:

Does the hon. Gentleman think that it is fair that, when a man is charged with two specific offences which presumably cannot be proved, the chairman should be allowed to bring in a further charge presumably on evidence upon which he cannot judge himself?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

I do not accept all that, but the case is long and complicated. I have been through all the papers, and if my hon. Friend would like to discuss it with me afterwards, I shall be only too pleased to see him.

Mr. Henderson:

Would the fact that this man has resisted pressure to become a member of the Oxford Group be considered to come within the category of un-suitability? May I have an answer to my question?