HC Deb 02 April 1946 vol 421 c1092
II. Mr. Medland

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of prisoners of war employed by the garrison commander at Plymouth on painting the railings around the barracks; and whether he will arrange for these men to be transferred to the city engineer in order that they may be engaged on preparatory work for the building of houses.

Mr. Lawson

Ten prisoners of war were employed by the Garrison Engineer at Plymouth, for two days on repairing railings round the barracks. They have since been put back on miscellaneous works services inside the barracks. As they are required by the War Department they cannot be transferred to work under another Department.

Mr. C. Williams

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman why these men cannot be put to work ouside to help the people of Plymouth who have been so severely mauled by the war?

Mr. Lawson

That is a matter of negotiation.

Mr. Williams

Why not have negotiations?