HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 c180
5. Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland for what reason the huts at Closeburn prisoner-of-war camp, which are urgently required for educational purposes, have been reserved for Polish agricultural workers; and during which months in the year these workers are to occupy the huts.

Mr. Westwood

The huts in question, which until recently housed prisoners of war engaged in agriculture, have been reserved by the Ministry of Works at the request of the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, for the accommodation of members of the Polish Resettlement Corps who, according to present plans, will be required for and employed in agriculture throughout the year.

Mr. Macpherson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that last year the agriculture labour came, not from these huts, but from a camp fairly close, within about 10 miles? Could he arrange that, as there is a demand for these huts for educational purposes, agricultural labour should again be provided from Carron Bridge?

Mr. Westwood

I will certainly look into the point raised by the hon. Member.