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Prisoners Of War

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Minister of Labour why in view of the shortage of nurses, the work for which German prisoners of war are allowed to remain, is not extended to those who are, or have reasonable prospects of becoming, trained hospital nurses.

There are no arrangements for German prisoners of war to be allowed to remain indefinitely for employment in agriculture, but only for a limited period to meet the special needs of the coming months. In selecting foreign workers for employment as trained hospital nurses it is clearly better to select those who will not soon have to be repatriated.


asked the Minister of Labour why the employment of German prisoners of war, who are being allowed to remain as civilians, is limited to agricultural work.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bedford (Mr. Skeffington-Lodge) on 30th October, 1947, of which I am sending him a copy.