§ 53. Mr. Swingler
asked the Minister of Labour, when he expects to be in a position to announce the programme of releases from the Forces in the last quarter of 1947.
§ Mr. Ness Edwards
With my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I am glad to say that it has been found possible to improve upon the forecast which my right hon. Friend made on 18th March last with regard to the age and service groups which it was then expected would be released by the end of the year. The total number of men and women to be released and discharged during the last 1589 quarter of 1947 will be 145,920, bringing the cumulative total since 18th June, 1945, up to 4,881,760. This programme fulfils the Government's stated aim to release in the present year all men called up before the 1st January, 1944, although as in the past, the compulsory deferment of release of individuals will continue, and there will also continue to be some inequality in the rate of release for some Branches, categories and grades in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
I must add a warning that the heavy shipping commitments which will be incurred in the coming months through the evacuation of British troops and their families from India, as recently announced in the House, may affect the complete fulfilment of the detailed pro-
|RELEASES AND DISCHARGES FROM THE FORCES|
|Provisional Programme-October to December, 1947|
|Age and Service Groups (Class A releases).||Number of Releases and Discharges.||Age and Service Groups (Class A releases).||Number of Releases and Discharges.|
|October||Part 65||65 and Part 66||4,500||Part 68||…||150|
|November||66||Part 66 and 67||5,000||Part 69||…||150|
|December||Part 67||68 and Part 69||5,000||Part 69||…||200|
|Total: October-December, 1947.||Part 65-Part 67||65-Part 69||14,500||Part 68-Part 69||…||500|
|October||59 and Part 60||…||37,760||Part 65 and Part 66||…||2,110|
|November||Part 60-Part 62||…||37,230||Part 66 and Part 67||…||2,030|
|December||Part 62 and Part 63||…||25,910||Part 67||…||1.970|
|Total: October-December, 1947.||50-Part 63||…||100,900||Part 65-67||…||6,110|
|1947.||(General Level)||(General Level)|
|October||Part 59||…||5,110||Part 61||…||1,610|
|Total: October-December, 1947.||Part 59-62||…||19,720||Part 61-67||…||4,030|
§ gramme, though it is hoped and expected that the programme will be generally realised. As my right hon. Friend, the Minister without Portfolio, stated in answer to the hon. Member for Aston (Mr. Wyatt) on 16th July, the Government ate considering the strength at which the Armed Forces must stand by the end of the present financial year, and pending a decision on this it is not possible to indicate any further programme of release at this stage.
§ Mr. Chetwynd
Could my right hor. Friend say what number will be left is the Forces by 31st December, 1947?
§ Following is the statement:1591
|…||Age and Service Groups (Class A Releases)||Estimated Number of Releases and Discharges.||Age and Service Groups (Class A Releases)||Estimated Number of Releases and Discharges.||Age and Service Groups (Class A Releases)||Estimated Number of Releases and Discharges.|
|Nursing Sisters and V.A.D. Officers||V.A.D.s||Nursing Officers and V.A.D.s.|
|October||Part 59||Part 64||25||Estimate not yet completed.||56||23|
|November||Part 59||Part 64||25||It will be issued by the War Office as soon as possible.||57||21|
|December||Part 60||Part 64||50||58||13|
|October—December, 1947.||59 and 60||Part 64||100||56–58||57|