§ 71. Mr. Lipson
asked the Minister of Agriculture if some of the Poles now unemployed in this country will be engaged to make good the deficiency of labour which is at present preventing the Forestry Commission from carrying out its plan to plant a sufficient number of new trees to replace those that have been felled.
§ Mr. T. Williams
The Forestry Commissioners are in touch with the Ministry of Labour with a view to employing Polish labour on planting or other forestry work where accommodation or transport can be provided, and where sufficient British labour is unobtainable.
§ Mr. Lipson
In view of the fact that apparently British labour is not available in sufficient numbers, can my right hon. Friend give an assurance that no obstacles will be put in the way of the employment of Poles?
§ Mr. Walkden
Can my right hon. Friend give an assurance that wherever Poles show a willingness to work upon the land, or to render service in agriculture, none will be rejected or obstructed from engaging in suitable employment?
§ Professor Savory
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that 80 per cent. of the Poles in the army of General Anders were 611 farmers; and that a very large proportion are experts in forestry, as there are forests in their own country in which they worked for many years?