HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc171-2W
8. Mr. Symonds

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements are made in Germany to assist in placing repatriated prisoners in employment.

Mr. J. Hynd

A representative of the German Labour Office at the discharge centre ensures that all prisoners repatriated to meet priority labour requirements take up the employment for which they have been released and explains to other returning prisoners the general situation of the labour market. The British authorities help to find suitable employment for highly qualified specialists and other skilled workers are allowed 30 days in which to find employment in their own trades. Skilled workers who do not find employment and all unskilled workers report to the German labour offices for employment in the normal way. Experience has shown that these arrangements are working satisfactorily.

9. Mr. Symonds

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what rehabilitation schemes there are in Germany to assist released prisoners of war in readjusting themselves to ordinary life after several years in captivity.

Mr. J. Hynd

I am not aware of any such schemes, but the German churches concern themselves actively with the problem, which is the responsibility of local German authorities.