HC Deb 26 June 1919 vol 117 c355W

asked the Secretary of State for War how many men are now retained in the quarrying companies; what work they are doing that could not be equally well done by civilian labour; and whether, in view of the signature of Peace, he will give instructions that all these men shall be released?


The total number of roads and quarry troops combined at present serving is approximately 2,000, I have not the figures of roads and quarry troops separately. It is not proposed to retain beyond the end of July any quarrying companies in the Army. Such men as will be retained are those not eligible for demobilisation under Army Order 55 of 1919, and they are and will be employed in clearing-up work in France.