HC Deb 30 October 1945 vol 415 c369W
Mr. Keeling

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has fully explored the possibility of employing on civil work soldiers awaiting demobilisation; and with what result.

Mr. Lawson

This possibility has been fully investigated. Soldiers awaiting release not required for military employment are made available for assistance to agriculture and industry in connection with work of national importance. Arrangements are made locally with Ministry of Labour and National Service officials and County War Agricultural Executive Committees, or direct with farmers. Everything is being done to encourage the fullest use of these men on civilian tasks.