HC Deb 19 June 1939 vol 348 cc1831-3W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Minister of Labour what steps are taken locally to inform registered militiamen of the procedure for application for postponement

(2) whether he can state the number of factories erected in South Wales and Monmouthshire by the Special Areas Reconstruction Association apart from the Treforest Trading estate, the total cost met out of public funds, and the number of persons employed?

Mr. E. Brown

pursuant to his reply (OFFICIAL REPORT, nth May, 1939, column 664, Vol. 347) supplied the following statement:

At the 30th April, 1939, advances had been made from the Special Areas fund amounting to £949,272 in respect of the Treforest Trading Estate and £387,900 in respect of the other sites in South Wales and Monmouthshire. These advances cover not only the construction of factories but also the acquisition of sites, general development, the provision of services, and the cost of clearances which in some instances has been undertaken partly for improving amenities and partly for the provision of cleared sites for factories. The expenditure on general development and on the provision of services in connection with the trading estate has been on a scale which has regard not only to the factories already provided but also to the number to be provided at a later stage.

The other information desired by the hon. Member is as follows:

of service on the ground of hardship; whether there is any appeal from his decision if postponement of service under the above heading is refused; if any Military Training (Hardship) Committee or Committees have been set up for or in the county of Denbigh; and will he furnish the names of the members of such committee or committees?

Mr. E. Brown

Posters have been exhibited locally giving instructions as to the procedure for application for postponement of the liability for military training on grounds of hardship. Any such application, if made on grounds of hardship, must be referred to a Hardship Committee unless the Minister grants postponement. The members of the Hardship Committees will be the present chairman of the courts of referees and the members of the panels in so far as they are willing to serve.