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Release And Resettlement

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now make a statement regarding the release in Class B from the B.L.A. of men required for the building industry, and to what extent this is to be conditional on the request or the support of large firms particularly those engaged on reconstruction and repair work in the heavily-bombed areas.

I would refer the hon. Member to the statements made in the Debate on resettlement on 16th May regarding the release from the Forces in Class B, of 60,000 men with building trade experience and 10,000 men for employment in the building materials industries. As then explained, the men referred to will be selected by the Service Departments according to their pre-enlistment occupations, and will be sent to work where they are most needed; men will not be released in Class B on application by employers, except in the case of individual specialists who will form a very small proportion of the Class B releases.