HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc1137-8
12. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether, in view of the fact that a number of British drivers employed at Bünde by the Control Commission have no motor cars to drive, and are, in consequence, being paid for doing nothing, he will cancel their appointments and withdraw them from Germany to enable them to do some useful work in this country

Mr. J. Hynd

I presume my hon. Friend is referring to a situation at the beginning of October, when a small number of civilian drivers at Bünde were temporarily redundant while taking over from an Army unit. By 20th October all these drivers were fully employed.

hon. and gallant Friend has overlooked the significance of my answer to the Question. Out of the 1,368,000 questionnaires already completed, over 1,000,000 will not require further examination. Those which will be examined relate to people who have already been penalised, and we are anxious to give them justice.

Mr. Nigel Birch

Does not the hon. Gentleman think the time has now come to stop the whole process, and to try to get these people back into normal industrial life?