HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 c983
40. Mr. Proctor

asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the shortage of locomotive firemen at the Patricroft British Railway Depot, he will take steps to release the 17 locomotive firemen from this depot, now serving in His Majesty's Forces.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

No, Sir. The Class B release scheme has come to an end, and there is no provision for the out-of-turn release of men called up in 1947 and 1948 for fixed periods.

Mr. Proctor

In view of the difficulty that has arisen in connection with railway transport, would my right hon. Friend consult with the Secretary of State for War to see whether some new arrangement can be made?

Mr. Isaacs

These matters are being examined, and whatever easement is possible will be given.

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