HC Deb 20 May 1943 vol 389 cc1212-3
5. Mr. Wakefield

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that there will be a heavy demand on manpower for the policing of Europe after the war, he has made plans to direct to the Armed Forces those now engaged in civilian work in order that the men now in the Services, particularly those serving abroad, may be given the opportunity to return to their civilian employment as soon as possible after fighting ceases?

Mr. Bevin

Until the circumstances likely to obtain at the end of the war can be more clearly envisaged, it is scarcely possible to anticipate the provisions necessary for meeting the post-war requirements of man-power for the Armed Forces. The suggestion made by my hon. Friend is one of many which the Government will need to examine in due course in the light of all relevant considerations.