§ 29. Captain Kerby
asked the Secretary of State for Air in what circumstances deductions were made from the wages of Messrs. Harwood, Willie and Crerar upon their termination of employment at No. 8 Maintenance Unit, Little Rissington, in February, 1957; what was the authority for making the deduction; and in what circumstances the money was later refunded to the ex-employees.
§ Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing
Deductions were originally made under the leave regulations set out in paragraph 129 of Air Publication 826, which covers the terms of employment of civilians in Air Ministry establishments. It was judged at that time that the men had left voluntarily, and that pay should therefore be withheld on account of leave taken but not earned. On review, however, it was decided that, since the impending closure of the unit had already been announced at the time of their resignation, they could legitimately be regarded as having left on account of redundancy. The sum withheld, amounting in each case to less than £2, was therefore released to them.