Detainees (Employment).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 2nd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the suggestions recently sent to him as to useful work which persons interned in the Isle of Man under Regulation 18B would be glad to undertake; and whether he will follow up these suggestions wherever this course is practicable?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Some of the suggestions in the letter which my hon. Friend was good enough to send me are not, I fear, practicable, such, for example, as the suggestions that persons under detention should be allowed to practise as surgeons or chemists or to take over and work farms in the Isle of Man; but I am anxious that opportunities shall be developed for useful employment in which the detainees will co-operate, and that any practicable suggestions for improvements in this matter shall be followed up. The total number of men detained under Defence Regulation 18B in the Isle of Man is approximately 380.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

May I take it that the Minister will look into one or two of the other suggestions made in that letter?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Yes, Sir; all possible and practical suggestions will be considered.