HC Deb 12 October 1944 vol 403 cc1907-8
23. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is in a position to indicate the terms of demobilisation to be applied to young men directed to the mines, to war-time police and to others who have been directed or have volunteered for non-military duties.

Mr. Bevin

As announced when the coalmining ballot scheme was introduced, young men sent to coalmining under that scheme will not be retained compulsorily beyond the date at which they would have been released from the Forces if they had been called up. The terms to be applied on release to members of the police auxiliary services and the Civil Defence services are being worked out in consultation with the appropriate Government Departments, and an announcement will be made as soon as possible. Other men engaged in non-military duties will be deal with under the arrangements for re-allocation of civilian labour which are under consideration.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the Minister see that that announcement is made at the earliest opportunity possible, in view of the uncertainty in the minds of many workers in these categories?

Sir Joseph Nail

Will that include the National Fire Service?

Mr. Bevin

I would like to have notice of that Question.

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