§ 9. Mr. Rhys Davies
asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that Army personnel were recently employed in the distribution of coal in the London area, he will see to it that in future a sufficient number of employees accustomed to the job are left in civilian life so that merchants may deliver coal without recourse to military assistance.
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
Does it not appear anomalous to my right hon. Friend that he conscripts men for the Fighting Services and then returns them in military clothes to do civilian work? When he talks of special conditions, surely he is aware that the winter in this country is severe as a rule?
Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that, when normal weather conditions return, there will be sufficient labour for the delivery of coal in London?
§ Mr. R. C. Morrison
Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that the people of London who have been suffering during this cold spell are deeply grateful to the soldiers for the assistance they have given?