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National Service (Releases)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour how many of the 1,263,000 persons who were released in the three months from the end of June to the end of September were released from the Forces, CD. and munitions, respectively; and how many of the anticipated total of2,460,000 to be released in the three months to the end of the year will, it is anticipated, be released from the forces, CD. and munitions, respectively.

The net decrease of 1,263,000 between the end of June and the end of September was made up as follows:

Armed Forces and Auxiliary Services284,000*
National Fire Service 14,000
Equipment and Supplies for the Forces965,000
The anticipated further net reduction of 2,460,000 in the three months October to December is made up as follows:

Armed Forces and Auxiliary Services967,000*
National Fire Service 13,000
Equipment and Supplies for the Forces1,480,000
* After allowing for intake, the net decrease of 1,251,1000 in the half -year is consistent with the current programme of 1,510,000 releases and discharges between 18th June and 31st December, 1945.

asked the Secretary of State for War how many men have been released under Class C from the Army, the R.N. and the R.A.F., respectively.

The numbers of releases in Class C for indefinite period, granted between 18th June, 1945, when the general release scheme began and 20th November, 1945, are:—

Royal Navy409
Royal Air Force2,593