§ Mr. Wedgwood
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that a large number of skilled workers are still in internment camps, amounting to, approximately, 15,000 men; and will he consider using their services in their respective trades?
§ Mr. Bevin
I am aware that a number of skilled workers are still in internment and I am in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary concerning the utilisation of the services of those to whose release there is no objection on grounds of security. A census recently taken in the internment camps resulted in the receipt of particulars for approximately 2,200 men and less than 50 women claiming to possess skill in industry or agriculture. I have no information which confirms the hon. Gentleman's suggestion that the number totals 15,000.