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Armed Forces

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1947

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Northern Ireland (Eireann Workers)


asked the Minister of Defence whether any non-ex-Service Eireann citizens are still employed in a civilian capacity by the Armed Forces in Northern Ireland.

Is the employment of these people at the expense of unemployed ex-Service personnel to be a permanent feature of the Labour Government's policy?

No, Sir, as I am sure the hon. Gentleman knows from answers given previously.

Is the Minister aware that to put into operation any prejudice against Eireann citizens would be most wrong in view of the great help they rendered us on a voluntary basis during the war?

Services' Lists (Publication)


asked the Minister of Defence when it is proposed to issue the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force lists on an unrestricted basis.

We shall certainly make these lists available to the public as soon as possible but I am afraid I cannot promise a definite date. Copies are, of course, available to hon. Members in the Library.

is the Minister's decision dictated by security reasons or by the fact that his right hon. Friend will not give him enough paper?

It is not entirely because of security reasons, and I hope that the date for making a more general circulation will be expedited, although I cannot give a definite date.