asked the Minister of National Insurance if he is aware that temporary clerks employed by approved societies are being informed that, in the event of their being offered an appointment with his Ministry, it is unlikely that the post will be in the town in which they are at present employed; and, having regard to the shortage of accommodation in the provinces, if he will ensure that those clerks living in London will be offered employment in or near London.
We are very anxious to do all we can, but I am sure the hon. and gallant Gentleman, and the House, will realise that one of the difficulties confronting us is that the administration of existing schemes is very much more centralised than will be the administration of the new scheme. Therefore the staffs will be much more widely dispersed. We are conscious of the fact that it is our duty, and we are trying to carry it out. We are very anxious to fit them in as near to their homes as possible.
We shall do our best, but it is a very difficult problem owing to the highly centralised location of the existing staffs. We are doing our best to fit people in where they can be of service.