HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 cc243-4W
51. Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Labour if Poles who are not skilled miners are being offered employment in British mines.

Mr. Isaacs

Yes, Sir. The offer of employment in coalmining after a period of training will be made to all suitable Poles whether or not they have had previous experience in mining.

52. Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Labour how many Poles are available for employment in the mines; how many of these are skilled miners; and how many it is proposed to employ at the coal face.

Mr. Isaacs

As registration is not yet completed the total number is not known, but so far 435 Poles with previous underground mining experience have registered. It is not possible at this stage to say how many Polish miners will be employed at the coal face.

53. Mr. D. J. Williams

asked the Minister of Labour in what districts of the

Distribution of Manpower at MiD-1939 and November, 1946.
Mid-1939. November, 1946. Increase (+) Decrease (-)
National Government Service:
Non-industrial Civil Service 408,000 714,000 +306,000
Others 131,000 293,000 +162,000
Local Government Service 846,000 1,025,000 +179,000
National Fire Service and Police 80,000 88,000 +8,000
Professional Services 440,000 443,000 +3,000
Personal Services 343,000 242,000 -101,000
Entertainment and sport 172,000 196,000 +24,000
Total 2,420,000 3,001,000 +815,000
† September, 1946. The figure includes 254,000 in the Post Office and 113,000 in Defence Departments.

British coalfields it is proposed to employ Polish miners; and what arrangements are being made to provide them with living accommodation and social amenities.

Mr. Isaacs

It is hoped to employ Polish miners in all districts where there are vacancies. As regards accommodation and social amenities, I would refer to my reply to Questions about the Polish Forces on Tuesday last.