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Armed Forces (Release Programme)

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 24 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Labour, when he expects to be in a position to announce the programme of releases from the Forces in the last quarter of 1947.

With my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I am glad to say that it has been found possible to improve upon the forecast which my right hon. Friend made on 18th March last with regard to the age and service groups which it was then expected would be released by the end of the year. The total number of men and women to be released and discharged during the last quarter of 1947 will be 145,920, bringing the cumulative total since 18th June, 1945, up to 4,881,760. This programme fulfils the Government's stated aim to release in the present year all men called up before the 1st January, 1944, although as in the past, the compulsory deferment of release of individuals will continue, and there will also continue to be some inequality in the rate of release for some Branches, categories and grades in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

I must add a warning that the heavy shipping commitments which will be incurred in the coming months through the evacuation of British troops and their families from India, as recently announced in the House, may affect the complete fulfilment of the detailed pro-


Provisional Programme-October to December, 1947

Age and Service Groups (Class A releases).Number of Releases and Discharges.Age and Service Groups (Class A releases).Number of Releases and Discharges.
OctoberPart 6565 and Part 664,500Part 68150
November66Part 66 and 675,000Part 69150
DecemberPart 6768 and Part 695,000Part 69200
Total: October-December, 1947.Part 65-Part 6765-Part 6914,500Part 68-Part 69500
October59 and Part 6037,760Part 65 and Part 662,110
NovemberPart 60-Part 6237,230Part 66 and Part 672,030
DecemberPart 62 and Part 6325,910Part 671.970
Total: October-December, 1947.50-Part 63100,900Part 65-676,110
1947.(General Level)(General Level)
OctoberPart 595,110Part 611,610
November60-Part 617,310621,260
DecemberPart 61-627.30063-671,160
Total: October-December, 1947.Part 59-6219,720Part 61-674,030

gramme, though it is hoped and expected that the programme will be generally realised. As my right hon. Friend, the Minister without Portfolio, stated in answer to the hon. Member for Aston (Mr. Wyatt) on 16th July, the Government ate considering the strength at which the Armed Forces must stand by the end of the present financial year, and pending a decision on this it is not possible to indicate any further programme of release at this stage.

Could my right hor. Friend say what number will be left is the Forces by 31st December, 1947?

Following is the statement:

Age and Service Groups (Class A Releases)Estimated Number of Releases and Discharges.Age and Service Groups (Class A Releases)Estimated Number of Releases and Discharges.Age and Service Groups (Class A Releases)Estimated Number of Releases and Discharges.
Nursing Sisters and V.A.D. OfficersV.A.D.sNursing Officers and V.A.D.s.
1947.(Average)(General level)
OctoberPart 59Part 6425Estimate not yet completed.5623
NovemberPart 59Part 6425It will be issued by the War Office as soon as possible.5721
DecemberPart 60Part 64505813
October—December, 1947.59 and 60Part 6410056–5857