HC Deb 15 July 1919 vol 118 cc225-6W

asked the Minister of Labour how many sailors and soldiers have now been discharged or demobilised; how many of these have been reinstated in their former civilian occupations; how many of these have been settled in new civilian occupations; and what steps are being taken to find employment for those of them who are not yet provided for?


The number of men discharged or demobilised from His Majesty's Forces up to 3rd July, 1919, was 2,959,862. Leaving out of account the men still on furlough, the percentage of men resettled is estimated at 87.1. I have no accurate information enabling me to discriminate between the proportion reinstated in their former civilian occupation and those resettled in new civilian occupations, but it is estimated roughly at half and half. Every effort is being made to deal with the men who have not yet been reabsorbed.