§ 65. Mr. SNOWDEN
asked the Under-secretary of State for War whether he is aware that men attached to the Labour Company of the Reserve Battalion Border Regiment are now stationed at More-cambe who, to the number of about 300, are employed in carrying timber, wheeling bricks, and general navy work, and other work all of a non-military character, and are paid the Army rates for civil work which ought to be done by civilians at trade union rates; whether there are in this company men who have been declared by the Army doctor to be unfit for military dutiesbut who are being kept in the Army to do civilian work at Army pay; and if he will take steps to put an end to this conscription of labour for civil purposes?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Forster)
I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on this matter to the hon. Member for North-East Manchester, last Tuesday. I am having further inquiries made into the case.