§ 21. Major Bramall
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what plans are contemplated for the return, in the near future, of Savings Department staff who have been evacuated to Harrogate since the beginning of the war.
§ Mr. Burke
In view of the lack of accommodation in London, I am sorry that I am unable to say when it will be possible to return any substantial portion of the Savings Department staff from Harrogate. Under a scheme agreed with the staff representatives, the Post Office is, however, arranging for the return each month to London of a few of the permanent staff evacuated to Harrogate, and this will give some relief to those evacuated longest.
§ Major Bramall
Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that there is very great distress among many of these people, who have been absent from their homes for about seven years?
§ Mr. Gammans
Does that answer mean that these wretched people who have been away from home for seven years have no idea when they are coming back?
§ Sir Wavell Wakefield
Will the hon. Gentleman say if people with homes waiting for them in London are to be allowed to return and carry out their duties here in London?