Transferred Workers (Allowances)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

asked the Minister of Labour, whether his attention has been drawn to the postion of war workers, compulsorily transferred prior to 1st June, 1940, who are not entitled to the payment of subsistence allowance or the grant of cheap travel allowance to visit their homes and families, which are allowed to workers similarly transferred on or after that date; and why this distinction is made?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply which I gave on 4th June to my hon. Friend the Member for East Fife (Mr. Henderson Stewart), a copy of which I am sending him.

Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

Will my right hon. Friend give fresh consideration to this matter; and can he indicate to the House whether men were transferred compulsorily before 1st June, 1940, and, if so, why this distinction is necessary in making the date so short a period from the outbreak of war?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The Order dated from 1940, and there was so much movement throughout the country that it was impossible administratively to deal with it.

Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

Was that movement compulsorily made or was it voluntarily made?