HC Deb 31 May 1945 vol 411 cc337-8
17. Sir Geoffrey Mander

asked the Minister of Labour whether the groups to be demobilised under the Government Scheme will all come out at the same time in each of the three Services.

Mr. Butler

No, Sir. As was pointed out in the White Paper and in the Debate on the 16th May, military considerations make it necessary for release to proceed at different rates in the different Services.

Sir G. Mander

Will my right hon. Friend give as much information as he can on this subject in view of the great interest taken in it?

Mr. Butler

I cannot at the moment improve upon the statement made by my predecessor, but of course I shall endeavour to give the House full information on this question, which affects everybody concerned very closely.

20. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Labour if service in the Merchant Navy will be taken into account in determining the group release number of a man who subsequently joined the Army.

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir. Service in the Merchant Navy since 3rd September, 1939, will be taken into account.