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Coal Industry (Italian And Irish Workers)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a further statement on the progress of recruitment of Italian and Irish labour for the coalmines.

Following the conclusion of arrangements with the Italian Government, the selection of Italian workers has begun and the first party should soon be on its way. One hundred and seventy-six inexperienced men recently came from Northern Ireland to enter the mines but a considerable number of them have not remained in the industry.