HC Deb 13 June 1939 vol 348 c1124W
Mr. T. Smith

asked the Minister of Labour why a number of men from Castleford and district have been stopped from working at the camp at Harrogate; and to what extent labour from Ireland is employed on this work?

Mr. E. Brown

I am informed that of 30 Castleford men who started work on the militia camp at Harrogate, 20 were suspended after one day and that they were told that this was owing to a short age of material. As regards the second part of the question, it is estimated that approximately 250 of the 1,500 men at present employed on this contract are Irishmen, a number of whom had previously been employed by the contractor in other parts of the country.