asked the Minister of Labour how many war workers have been released by the Supply Departments for civilian production since 23rd August.
Statistics for a date later than 23rd August are not yet available, but a statement will be issued as soon as possible.
Is the hon. Member aware that on 23rd August the Minister of Labour made a statement in this House that within two months approximately 1,150,000 war workers would be released for civilian industry? Are we not entitled to know, now that that period has expired, how many have in fact been released?
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour intends to place before the House the most complete information about this matter as soon as he can collate all the figures. This information is in course of preparation. The House can be assured that they will have the fullest information.