HC Deb 16 December 1949 vol 470 c367W
Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for War the terms of the scheme whereby German labour is being recruited to work in Cyrenaica; the number of workers who have volunteered; and their pay per month and the length of their contract.

Mr. Shinwell

This scheme has been organised to recruit voluntarily some 1,300 skilled German tradesmen to work for my Department in Cyrenaica. Free return travel is provided between Germany and Cyrenaica, and the men are given free rations, accommodation and medical treatment. All the workers required have now volunteered. They are paid the normal rates of pay given to locally engaged European workers in the territory which vary between £E14 and £E35 a month. Their contracts, the terms of which have been agreed by the German authorities, are for two years.