HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1656-7W
Mr. Willis

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that at Kings-moor Camp, Corsham,Wiltshire, artificers and shipwrights are being constantly misemployed; and will he consider the inclusion on the camp administrative staff of an experienced engineer officer and senior artificer rating to ensure that these men are employed and treated in accordance with their rank and status.

Mr. Alexander

Kingsmoor is an overflow camp used mainly for ratings awaiting draft abroad. Whilst there, some of the men are employed on essential duties inside the camp, whilst others are employed outside on agricultural and other work of national importance for which civilian labour is not available. So far as possible, full use is made of the skilful attainments of individual ratings, but my hon. Friend will appreciate that this is not practicable in all cases. So far as I am aware, no complaints or representations have been made officially by any rating at Kingsmoor, and nothing would be gained by augmenting the administration in the manner suggested.