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Captain Robert Gee: 87. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the advisability of altering the words, "Service no longer required, "at present being used on discharge notices at the Royal Arsenal, to the words, "Owing to reduction of establishment "in view of the fact that the former phrase seriously handicaps a man when applying for work at other firms?
Captain Robert Gee: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I have been in correspondence with the War Office, aid they have refused to alter the wording? As a result 15 members who have been discharged from the Arsenal have been refused employment by civilian firms, and I would ask my hon. Friend to get the wording altered, for as it now stands it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
Captain Robert Gee: 88. asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the gratuity on discharge from Woolwich Arsenal after seven years' service has been paid to the clerical staff of the Naval Ordnance, Woolwich, and is being withheld from the clerical staff of the Ordnance Department and the ordnance factories; and will he state why this discrimination has been made?
Captain Robert Gee: May I send a list of over 200 men who have received the gratuity from the naval authorities, whilst those discharged by the military authorities have not been paid the gratuities?
Captain Robert Gee: Are passports refused to Members of this House who are not in agreement with the policy of the Government?
Captain Robert Gee: Owing to the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I give notice that I will ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House.
Captain Robert Gee: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, "the final refusal of the Government to name a date on which it is prepared to issue a passport to a Member of this House to proceed to a country in the occupation of British troops."
Captain Robert Gee: Whilst bowing to your ruling, Mr. Speaker, may I respectfully point out that it was requested by the Foreign Office that the hon. Member should postpone his request on the 27th March, and he did it, and on application a second time he was refused, and that is why the question has been raised?
Captain Robert Gee: T do. I know as much as you do, from the ex-service man's point of view. I have been a soldier, and you have not.
Captain Robert Gee: No, but I went, and you stayed at home.
Captain Robert Gee: Query!
Captain Robert Gee: They never shouted me down either.
Captain Robert Gee: This is such a serious problem that I would not like the Debate to close on the level it has reached. It is an Imperial problem. I shall not deal with the question from the ex-service man's point of view alone, because there are industrial workers in this country who also are eager to emigrate to the Colonies. One or two fallacies have been raised by hon. Members opposite. We have been asked...
Captain Robert Gee: Will the tables sent to the hon. Member be published in the OFFICIAL REPORT?
Captain Robert Gee: Will the right hon. Gentleman see that the names of all persons who are in receipt of pensions from the Indian Civil Service will be published so that the taxpayers can see whether they are entitled to them?
Captain Robert Gee: I rise to support this Bill because I feel it is designed to deal with the most pressing problem before the Mother Country at the present time, not only from a national but from an Imperial point of view. This Bill is long overdue. In the past we have been too content at home with talking about our Colonies and oversea Dominions, while we have done very little indeed towards helping them and...
Captain Robert Gee: Is it not a fact that this guard was put on this house at the request of the members of this gentleman's family and for the safety of the family?
Captain Robert Gee: Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that many of these officers, including the A.D.M.S., were civilians who gave up large and lucrative practices in order to fulfil these engagements, which have been broken?
Captain Robert Gee: You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Withdraw.
Captain Robert Gee: Wore you a soldier? It it easy to shout now.