Mr. ALFRED DAVIES (Clitheroe)
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. S. Clothier, 7, Gwynne-road, Dovercourt, who was employed as master in the Trinity Service; whether he is aware that Mr. Clothier joined the corporation's pilot service in 1907 as mate of one of the sailing cutters stationed at Harwich, and was subsequently promoted to master and served in that capacity for over 13 years; whether he can explain the reason for this man's discharge after such long service; and whether he will consider the possibility of reinstating him?
§ Sir R. HORNE
I am informed by the Elder Brethren of the Trinity House that Mr. Clothier joined their pilotage service in 1907 as mate of one of their sailing pilot cutters and was subsequently promoted to master. He served in the latter capacity until December, 1919, when, owing to the fact that four pilot steamers, acquired for special service during the War, were no longer needed, it unfortunately became necessary to dispense with the services of a certain number of officers and men, of whom Mr. Clothier was one. The Elder Brethren state that in coming to their decision they had due regard to the records, reports, and qualifications of the various officers concerned, and they express regret that they are unable to offer Mr. Clothier any suitable employment. The matter is not one in regard to which the Board of Trade have any jurisdiction.