HC Deb 07 November 1918 vol 110 cc2331-2W

asked the Minister of Labour whether any scheme has been prepared for the demobilisation at the earliest moment possible after the termination of hostilities of a sufficient number of men skilled in the building trade to enable the provision of the housing accommodation, so urgently required in every part of the country, to be proceeded with without delay; and whether it is intended to allocate a special number of skilled workmen to Scotland, where the situation calls for immediate action?


The scheme for general demobilisation provides for the early release of men for whom employment is waiting or who belong to a trade to which priority has been given. The claim of the building trade will be considered on their merits when the time arrives. I should add that the Department is in communication with the Building Industrial Council, which covers Scotland, with regard to the selection of a limited number of pivotal men in the trade for whose release in advance of general demobilisation it is hoped that it may be possible to make arrangements.