HC Deb 18 July 1946 vol 425 cc1380-1
49. Mr. Butcher

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether in view of the fact that many displaced persons have been maintained for 12 months without making a contribution to their support by way of work, he will now give them the option either of returning to their countries of origin or of performing such work in Germany as they may be directed.

Mr. McNeil

My hon. Friend is at present considering what further steps can be taken to encourage the repatriation of remaining displaced persons, and to make those meantime in Germany undertake useful work.

Sir Arthur Salter

Will the Minister prosecute more actively the search for opportunity of emigration for the very great number of displaced persons who are industrious and skilled, and cannot be thrown out into Germany or forced back into their country of origin without gross inhumanity?

Mr. McNeil

The Government have never lost sight of this second question which the right hon. Member raises, and they will not deal with it inhumanely. Our first consideration must he to see that where repatriation can be fairly achieved no obstacle shall be placed in the way.

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