European Volunteer Workers

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th February 1948.

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Photo of Mr Sidney Shephard Mr Sidney Shephard , Newark 12:00 am, 12th February 1948

asked the Minister of Labour how many European volunteer workers are now employed in British industry; and will he give particulars of the industries and the number employed in each case.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

The answer to the first part of the Question is 37,241. The answer to the second part involves a table of figures, which I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Sidney Shephard Mr Sidney Shephard , Newark

Could the Minister say at what rate these people are corning to this country?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

They are being placed, on the average of the last few weeks, at the rate roughly of 1,000 to 1,500 a week.

Following is the table:

EUROPEAN VOLUNTEER WORKERS IN INDUSTRIES.
Industry.Men.Women.
Agriculture16,20661
Brick-making1,235
Coalmining3,492
Cotton4503,378
Domestic (hospitals, N.S.H.C. and other hostels, etc.)3,2112,895
Hosiery22237
Iron and Steel709
Laundries385
Nursing53299
Quarrying 187
Rayon and Silk463464
Woollen6772,000
Miscellaneous675142
TOTAL27,3809,861

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

asked the Minister of Labour how many European volunteer workers are living at the Glen Mill, Oldham; and what is the size of the administrative staff.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

This hostel is in the early stages of its development to house 150 workers. At the moment there are 41 European volunteer workers there, of whom 13 are on the staff. The total staff at present is 21.

Photo of Sir Harold Sutcliffe Sir Harold Sutcliffe , Royton

Is not the staff wholly out of proportion to the number of people there, in view of the fact that a neighbouring industrial firm have plans to house 35 in their own hostel with a permanent staff of two, and two daily helps?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I cannot express an opinion on those facts to which the hon. Gentleman has not drawn my attention before, but staff is being put into this place with a view to full occupation.