HC Deb 27 January 1949 vol 460 cc1107-8
51. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Labour how many men will be called up for service with the Forces during 1949, with separate figures for each of the three Services.

Mr. Isaacs

The number to be called up in 1949 will be about 170,000. The allocation to the three Services will be set out in the White Paper on Defence to be published soon.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. Gentleman reassure the House that that figure is based upon no increase in deferments, save on grounds already valid during the past year?

Mr. Isaacs

Yes, Sir, quite definitely I can give that assurance.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Does this include workers in the building industry?

Mr. Swingler

Can my right hon. Friend indicate what percentage this is of the number of men liable to be called up in 1949 under the Act?

Mr. Isaacs

Not without notice.

Mr. Frank Byers

Is it not a fact that this is just over half the men who are liable to register; and what will happen to the other 130,000 or 140,000?

Mr. Isaacs

If the hon. Member will put down that Question I will give him the information.

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