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Three hundred and forty-two interpreters are employed at present either on a full-time or part-time basis. Of these, 188 are British subjects. 124 are Hungarians, and 30 are of other nationalities.
Is my right hon. Friend satisfied as to the security status of these interpreters, particularly foreign nationals? Further, where an interpreter has been found suspect for security reasons, is there a close watch to see that, when removed from his post, he or she does not exercise threats or menaces on Hungarian refugees?
Could my right hon. Friend say whether encouragement is being given to refugees to learn English so that the expense of interpreters will no longer be needed?
About 11,500 male and 4,000 female Hungarian refugees over the age of 16 are now in this country. There is no precise information about the number of refugees who are actually in work, but over 7,500 have been placed in employment by the Ministry and over 2,000 have found approved employment by other means. There are 3.550 refugees undergoing training in National Coal Board hostels.
Quite obviously, we all wish to help these Hungarian refugees but can my right hon. Friend say what arrangements are made to ensure that they do not displace British workpeople?
We brought them to this country, and the ordinary arrangements have been made with the trade unions to take care of matters of that sort. The trade unions have, on the whole, been very co-operative.