§ Mr. Douglas
asked the Minister of Labour how many men have been released from the Armed Forces to expedite the repair of bomb damage; and upon what principles they are selected.
§ Mr. McCorquodale
The number of men released from the Armed Forces to expedite the repair of bomb damage is 1,711. This includes 825 men who were on release for another purpose and were transferred to this work instead of being recalled to the Forces. In addition some 5,100 men are at present on loan from the Services for this work. As regards the principles of selection, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 11th October to the hon. and learned Member for Ilford (Mr. Hutchinson) a copy of which I am sending him.