§ Sir K. WOOD
asked the Secretary of State for War if he can now make any statement concerning an improvement of the conditions of lad writers at the Royal Arsenal who reach the age of 21 years?
§ Mr. SHAW
Following the consultation with representatives of the staff which I mentioned in my reply to a question by the right hon. Member on the same subject on 14th May last, an undertaking was given that, in the absence of any material and unforeseen change in the situation, which might make it necessary to reconsider the matter, none of the remaining lad writers at the Royal Arsenal would, if efficient, be discharged on reaching the age of 21 if they wished to remain after that age in temporary adult employment.