HC Deb 15 July 1946 vol 425 cc867-8
63. Vice-Admiral Taylor

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the necessity for more agricultural labourers, he will take steps to ensure the employment of Poles available in this country for work on the land.

Mr. T. Williams

The question of the employment of members of the Polish Forces in agriculture is under consideration in connection with the resettlement plans announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on 22nd May last.

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Is the Minister aware that there is an obligation on the part of the Government to give employment to these Poles? They are doing nothing in this country and they ought to be employed, especially where it is so necessary to have these men on the land.

Mr. Williams

The matter is under active consideration.

Professor Savory

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that 80 per cent. of the Poles engaged in the Army of General Anders were employed in agriculture and, therefore, they are eminently suitable for this sort of work in this country?

Mr. Williams

I am not aware of those facts.

Professor Savory

It is a fact. General Anders said so.