HC Deb 15 March 1946 vol 420
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Labour how many ex-Service men and women have not taken up employment at the latest available date.

Mr. Isaacs

It is estimated that at the end of January, 1946, approximately 865,000 men and women released from the Forces had not taken up employment, of whom 850,000 were taking paid leave after demobilisation.