Demobilization and the Allocation of Man-Power


    THE debate in the House of Commons on November 16, although taking place before the appearance of the second White Paper on the Re-allocation of Man-Power—that dealing with civilian employments—made it clear that, subject to one criticism, the scheme outlined in September for the re-allocation of man-power between the Armed Forces and civilian employment during any interim period between the defeat of Germany and the defeat of Japan (Cmd. 6548. London: H.M. Stationery Office) went far to meet the desiderata laid down in the various statements and reports on demobilization that had previously appeared. Mr. Bevin's speech in particular showed that in its proposals for the orderly unwinding of the man-power of the country, the Government has had the closest regard to such suggestions. It was equally clear from speech after speech that the proposed arrangements met the crucial test almost invariably proposed in such reports: they are readily understood and accepted as fair in the Forces. The debate itself should help to carry that understanding and acceptance a stage further; for no one who followed it could have any doubt as to the Government's determination that there should be no evasion of the principles laid down, or of the support from all quarters of the House for the view that only on the clearest grounds of public interest should there be any exception to the order of release laid down.

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