Foreign Labour

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12 March 1946.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Steele Mr Thomas Steele , Lanark 12:00, 12 March 1946

asked the Minister of Labour if members of the Polish troops who hold qualifications can be permitted to take up temporary appointments in civilian work until such time as a decision on their future is made by the Government.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

The whole question of the use in civilian employment of foreign labour, including members of the Polish Forces, is at present under consideration.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether he can hurry up his decision, especially in view of the great desirability of reducing the number of people in the Polish armed forces at the earliest possible moment?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I rather approach it from the necessity of getting as many people into work as we can. There are a number of complicated matters, alien laws, and one thing and another, but we are anxious to make use of these people and have them work rather than eat without doing any work.