Yes, Sir; I recognise service on the nursing and domestic staffs of hospitals as one of the most important forms of National Service. It is included in the short list of vital war work for women for which women registered under the Registration for Employment Order are required.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the women who are being sent now are daily workers, who arrive at 8 o'clock and leave at 5; consequently there is no one to take charge of the early or late work?
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are institutions of this character which have no cook at all? The matron of one hospital, to my own knowledge, on Sunday last had not only to look after the dressing of the patients but to cook dinners for 14 people.
Before the Department considers compelling anyone to work at a hospital, will the hon. Gentleman do his best to see that the remuneration of the lower-paid staffs is improved?