HC Deb 09 May 1944 vol 399 c1687

Up to 29th April, 1944, 7,006 applications for release had been sent to the War Office by my Ministry with the following result:

On release at 29th April 3,806
Released and subsequently recalled 158
Found to be ineligible for release by the War Office 2,737
Under consideration by the War Office at 29th April 305

There were two schemes for the release of ex-miners from the Army. The following information relates to the men appearing in War Office records as ex-under-ground workers who were offered to my Ministry for consideration and by my Ministry to the collieries:

Total number of men offered 1,848
*Release applications made and men released 1,470
*Release applications made and rejected 169
Men not placed in employment by my Ministry 136 1,775
Under consideration at War Office or my Ministry 73
* These figures are included in the general statement above. The remainder of the 7,006 release applications were made as a result of direct applications to my Ministry from collieries