HC Deb 10 December 1919 vol 122 c1320
70. Captain R. TERRELL

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the numbers of men now retained with the Labour Corps in France; whether he is aware that only a very small portion of these Labour Companies actually do work; and whether, in view of the fact that these men mostly have employment to go to in this country, he will take immediate steps to reduce the numbers of those who are either wasting their time or are employed on unimportant camp duties?


I think my hon. and gallant Friend has been misinformed. In France and Flanders at the present time there are thirty exhumation companies of the British Labour Corps, and all the men of these companies are fully employed. Apart from these, there are only two and a-half Labour Companies, and these are working with the Royal Engineers in dismantling camps, etc., and doing duty with transport in Boulogne and Calais. The latter portion of the question does not, therefore, arise.

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