HL Deb 20 October 1947 vol 151 c1483WA

asked His Majesty's Government whether, in view of the reports so widely seen in the Press of opposition to the absorption into useful employment of our gallant Allies the Poles now in this country, this is not contrary to the announced intentions and assurances of the present and late Governments, and whether they will take steps to assure the prompt and fullest effective use of this potential productive capacity, whether in mine or factory, building or agriculture.


It is the Government's aim to place the members of the Polish Resettlement Corps as rapidly as possible in work for which no British labour is available. In this task the Government have had the support of the representatives of employers' and workers' organizations on the National Joint Advisory Council. National agreements have been concluded by employers' and workers' representatives in most of the larger industries where there is scope for the resettlement of any considerable number of Poles. In fact so far 44,000 members of the Polish Resettlement Corps have been placed in employment and placings are continuing at the rate of about 1,200 per week. It is regrettable that publicity given to particular cases of difficulty should give the impression that there is any widespread obstacle to Polish resettlement.