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Group Transfers

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the reluctance of many men to be released for vital work under category B owing to the fact that they receive only three weeks on full pay instead of eight; and if he will consider an improvement in their position.

I am aware that some of the men who have been offered release in Class B have preferred to await their turn for release in Class A and in this connection I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Melton (Mr. Nutting) on Tuesday, 21st August, 1945. As stated in the White Paper it is essential to the release scheme that there should be a clearly marked difference in the treatment of the men released in Class B and those released in Class A. The former are released out of their normal turn to go to definite employment whilst the latter must be given time for resettlement and to secure suitable employment if necessary. I am not, therefore, prepared to consider altering the existing position.