asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the discontent among women volunteers because they are sent to places distant from their homes, despite promises of being placed as near home as possible; and whether, in the case of those posted to far-off camps, he will favourably consider applications for a transfer to places nearer their homes?
Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that there is a difference between volunteers in the Auxiliary Services, to whom his answer refers, and to volunteers for munitions work? I have had many complaints about volunteers for munitions work being sent so far away. Why does the reply deal only with volunteers in the Auxiliary Services?
Because that is the subject about which I was asked. All the other supplementary questions deal with another subject. If particulars are sent to me about undue hardship, I will look into them; but I must make this perfectly clear—I must get mobile women to send away to meet the requirements of the war industries.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that certain firms have notified women employed on their staffs that if they volunteer for the Auxiliary Forces and leave their employment before they are called up they will lose their rights of reinstatement after the war, and will be further penalised inasmuch as their Service pay will not be made up to their civilian pay; and whether he will make a statement on the matter?