HC Deb 23 November 1948 vol 458 c1056
10. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Minister of Labour how many ex-officers and other ranks of the Fighting Services were registered as unemployed at the latest convenient date.

Mr. Isaacs

The numbers of ex-Service men and women registered as unemployed at 11th October, 1948, were 56,965, of whom 6,286 were ex-officers registered with the Appointments Department. Separate figures for ex-officers registered at employment exchanges are not available.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Will the right hon. Gentleman say how these figures compare with, say, six months ago or twelve months ago, and will he undertake to make representations to his colleagues that in cases of hardship or distress these men should be paid at least part of their post-war credits?

Mr. Isaacs

I will take note of the second part of the supplementary question. With reference to the first part, I shall be very glad to give the figures to the hon. and gallant Member so that he can make a proper comparison. We have already placed 20,000 of these ex-officers and we have special ex-officers associated with our Ministry canvassing employers throughout the country to find out where posts are available.

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