HC Deb 28 January 1947 vol 432 cc160-1W
112. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Secretary of State for War how many men have been discharged or are to be given notice by the Royal Engineers Garrison Engineer, Trentham Institute, Trentham, North Staffordshire; on what grounds are they to be discharged, and the day when the notice terminates; and to what extent are Polish troops to be employed on the work.

Mr. Bellenger

Two general labourers have been discharged by the Garrison Engineer, Trentham. They had been employed from 28th September, 1945, on general maintenance work at various localities in the neighbourhood. They were given notice, which expired on 1st January, 1947, because of the necessity of reducing War Department staff in the area concerned. Among the places at which these men had been employed during their service with the Department was Keele Hall Camp which has now been handed over to Polish occupation and at which the general maintenance duties are now carried out by Polish troops in accordance with the normal policy under which the Poles maintain their own camps. No further discharges are at present envisaged.