War Office Temporary Clerk (Dismissal)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Minister of Labour in what circumstances he informed the Civil Service Clerical Association, in connection with the dismissal of a temporary clerk from a War Office establishment, that he could not require the War Office to reinstate that employee although the Appeal Board had recommended it; and whether, before he approves the scheduling under the Essential Work Order of any Government establishment, he satisfies himself that the Department is prepared to accept all the obligations which rest upon private employers whose establishments are scheduled and, in particular, the obligation of reinstating any dismissed employee who successfully appeals?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

My Department did not ask the War Office to reinstate the worker referred to as it was satisfied that it would not be in the national interest to do so. The answer to the latter part of the hon. Member's Question is in the affirmative, and in this particular case the action taken was exactly the same as it would have been if the employer had been a private undertaking.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

Is it not the case that the appeal machinery which operates under my right hon. Friend's Department had decided that this officer should be reinstated, and is not that decision binding on a Department?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

No. The appeal machinery is advisory to me, and I have to take the final decision.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

Are we to understand that the Minister overrode the decision of his own tribunal in this case?