HC Deb 30 November 1948 vol 458 cc1792-3
11. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Labour how many men previously employed as building workers are now in His Majesty's Forces.

Mr. Isaacs

I regret that this information is not available.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that this information is absolutely vital to our manpower problem, and is he further aware that Scottish local authorities are gravely alarmed by the number of building workers who have been taken into the Army and want them back on their housing schemes?

Mr. Isaacs

We could not get the information for which the hon. Member asks without taking a check of every man in the Forces to ask what had been his civilian employment. We do know the employment of those whom we sent into the Forces under the National Service Scheme but not of those who enlisted prior to the operation of that scheme.

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