HC Deb 25 January 1949 vol 460 cc105-6W
106. Mr. Dumpleton

asked the Minister of Labour what welfare arrangements have been made to assist the satisfactory settlement of European voluntary workers in this country; and whether he will instruct his local officers to invite the co-operation of voluntary social organisations and the churches in localities where these workers are living, in order to ensure that the maximum of help and good will is organised to enable them to settle satisfactorily in their new environment.

Mr. Isaacs

Since the beginning of the scheme for recruiting foreign workers for employment in this country, arrangements on the lines suggested by the hon. Member have been in operation. I am writing to him to give details of these arrangements.

121. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Labour how many foreign workers entered each of the coalmining, textile and agricultural industries during 1948.

Mr. Isaacs

The numbers recruited from the Polish Resettlement Corps and from European Volunteer Workers in 1948 were: coalmining 10,118, textiles 9,287, and agriculture 22,948. In addition, about 11,500 German ex-prisoners of war with civilian status are now employed in agriculture.