HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1516-7
20. Mr. Hannah

asked the Home Secretary whether it has been found possible to give useful occupation to those, both British and foreign, interned in the Isle of Man.

Mr. H. Morrison

Yes, Sir. More than half of the total number, approximately 4,5000, of men interned or detained in the Isle of Man have been found useful occupation inside or outside the camps. The larger number of these perform camp duties, but about 800 are employed on agriculture, land reclamation, quarrying and other work of this kind outside the camps, and 200 on industries established in the camps. A considerable amount of employment has also been found for the women in the women's camp and the married camp. Every effort is being made to find suitable work for those willing and fit to undertake it.

Mr. Hannah

Are the Government aware that I am constantly getting complaints that Fascism is finding plenty of work for idle hands to do among the younger people who are not employed?

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

Will my right hon. Friend comb out the young women and other workshies and National Service dodgers who have interned themselves in the Isle of Man?