Retained Personnel (Period of Service)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th November 1950.

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Photo of Mrs Lucy Middleton Mrs Lucy Middleton , Plymouth, Sutton 12:00 am, 8th November 1950

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty on what date he anticipates that naval personnel now due for pension, but whose services have been retained owing to the present emergency, will be released.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty

I fully sympathise with the natural wish of those retained or recalled to know for how long their services will be wanted, and whilst I cannot give a definite date, it is my noble Friend's intention to make an announcement at the earliest possible moment.

Photo of Mrs Lucy Middleton Mrs Lucy Middleton , Plymouth, Sutton

Will my hon. Friend see that the men concerned are themselves given as long notice as possible, because to my certain knowledge men among my own constituents have already lost civilian jobs for which they had contracted before the notice for their retention was made.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty

I fully agree with my hon. Friend, and it is my strong desire that we should give them a definite period as soon as it is possible to do so.