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Huts (Dismantling, French Labour)

Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he will give the number of Frenchmen employed on the Manham aerodrome, Norfolk, dismantling huts to go to France; the wage rates and conditions of employment; and why our own workers were not employed to do this work.

I have been asked to reply. I am told that about 30 men are employed on this site and that their wage rates and conditions approximate to those

age and sex groups within each industry for each region, together with analyses in relation to duration of the current spell of unemployment. Separate statistics are also compiled in respect of unemployed married women and men and women released or discharged from the Services and auxiliary Services. There is no avoidable delay in carrying out this work. The figures are normally available within four weeks after the date of the count.

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give a comparative list of the numbers of unemployed men and women on 16th July and 15th October, respectively.

Following is the information:of comparable British labour. The huts were badly needed by the French Government to enable essential rebuilding to take place in the Caen area, and as the British Government were unable to spare British labour the proposal of the French Government that it should send its own labour for the purpose was accepted.