HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 cc1465-6
6. Mr. Spence

asked the Secretary of State for War how many Polish troops there are at present in Scotland; and how many in Aberdeenshire.

Mr. J. Freeman

Approximately 36,000 in Scotland, including about 3,000 in Aberdeenshire.

Mr. Spence

May we take it that the figure is a maximum, and that it will tend to decrease?

Mr. Freeman

My right hon. Friend said, last week, that as further Poles are brought to this country, the national aspiration? of both the Welsh and English will be taken into full account.

Squadron-Leader Fleming

Does that number include those Poles who have opted to join the Settlement Corps?

Mr. Freeman

I should like notice of that question, but I think that the answer is "Yes."

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is the Financial Secretary aware that, after allowing for the further 52,000 Poles expected, the proportion per head of the population will be about one in 141 for Scotland, and one in 322 for England and Wales? Will he take steps to adjust this?

Mr. Freeman

I am not aware of that, but any representations which the hon. and gallant Member makes on the subject will be listened to.

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