HC Deb 24 February 1948 vol 447 c318W
87. Sir W. Smiles

asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement as to the reason for the return of the Northern Ireland ex-Service men from Huddersfield Corporation's new reservoir at Digley last week, and in particular how the price of their lodgings compared with what had been promised.

Mr. Isaacs

Forty-nine unemployed workers in Northern Ireland (only 12 of whom were ex-Service men) agreed to take employment on the Huddersfield Corporation's Digley Reservoir job. After arriving on the site of the job 37 of these workers refused to start on the ground that the camp accommodation provided by the contractors was unsatisfactory. Before leaving Northern Ireland each of the selected candidates was informed that the charge for board and lodging at the Digley Camp would not exceed 35s. per week. The actual charges made amounted to 33s. per week.