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Volume 155: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1922

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the large numbers of clerical workers out of employment at the present time, he will consider the advisability of employing some on the work of issuing the clasps awarded in accordance with Fleet Order 2051, and thus enable those who are entitled to obtain their clasps without further delay and at the same time provide employment for men who are in enforced idleness and, in some cases, receiving unemployment benefit?

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies to the questions asked by the hon. and gallant Member for the Shettleston Division of Glasgow (Rear-Admiral Adair) on the 21st and 26th June, in which it was stated that it is impossible at present to undertake any work connected with the issue of clasps.