HC Deb 18 December 1945 vol 417 c1106
77. Mr. Austin

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now give favourable consideration to the immediate release of all in the Forces who have served five years.

Mr. Isaacs

I am not at present in a position to add to the reply I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Pudsey and Otley (Colonel Stoddart-Scott) on 6th November, a copy of which I am sending to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Austin

Is the Minister aware that that reply and a previous reply given to myself some time ago, were most unsatisfactory, and will he not reconsider the position, in the light of the fact that these young men in the Forces, who have spent so many years in the service of their country, are being prejudiced on their return to rehabilitation in industry when eventually demobilised?

Mr. Isaacs

I would not agree that they are being prejudiced; neither am I going to agree to the scheme being prejudiced by any interference with it.

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