HC Deb 08 October 1941 vol 374 cc1000-1W
Mr. McKinlay

asked the Minister of Labour how many girls have been transferred from Scotland to England by the Ministry during the last 12 months; how many girls transferred from England to Scotland during the same period; and whether any degree of compulsion has been used in carrying out such transfers?

Mr. Tomlinson

In the last 12 months 3,680 women were transferred from Scotland to England. Nineteen of them received formal directions from National Service Officers. The number of women and girls transferred from England to Scotland is not known, but it is probably very small.

Mr. E. Smith

asked the Minister of Labour whether it can be arranged that workpeople transferred under the scheme of the Ministry shall be provided with a railway voucher to enable them to visit their home several times a year?

Mr. Bevin

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply given on nth September to the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Rear-Admiral Beamish) and the reply given on 2nd October to the hon. Member for East Swansea (Mr. Mort).

Mr. Mainwaring

asked the Secretary for Mines who is responsible for loss of wages involved in the case of ex-miners returned to the mining industry who are idle for one or more days before commencing work at a colliery, or pending acceptance by a colliery company?

Mr. Grenfell

The Minister of Labour and National Service pays to men transferred a sum to cover travelling expenses and loss of work for one day; and I arranged that the Mines Department should pay wages at time rates for any further time necessarily occupied in transfer. These arrangements were communicated to both sides of the industry at an early stage in the scheme for return of miners.