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European Post-War Recon- Struction (Ex-Service Per- Sonnel)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 24 March 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in the plans which the Government is making for the reconstruction of Europe, requiring a substantial number of young men or women to be sent to work in Europe, he will consider the claims of, and the valuable experience of, young men and women who have been in the Forces or the women's auxiliaries, in preference to others who have not rendered this disciplined service?

It is not clear whether British personnel will be required on any considerable scale for reconstruction work in Europe. Selection must be based primarily on special aptitudes for the work concerned, but candidates who have served in the Forces or the women's auxiliaries will certainly be borne in mind. His Majesty's Government are giving close attention to this question.