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Public Works Department

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider the reinstatement of Mr. A. Shermeister who, after being employed in the Palestine Government's public works department for over 17 years on a monthly salary was, on 1st December last, informed that in future he would be considered for employment on a daily wage basis whenever there was sufficient work; what was the reason for this, as in 1922 he was given a contract, safeguarding his position, which has not been cancelled; and why his request for an interview with the director of the public works department has been refused?

I have no information concerning this case, but I will ask the High Commissioner for Palestine for a report.

If I put down a question in a fortnight's time, would the right hon. Gentleman be able to give me an answer?

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would be satisfied if I communicated with him and let him know when I have received the High Commissioner's report?