Women's Services (Committee of Inquiry).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 24th February 1942.

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Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

asked the Prime Minister whether he has considered the representations recently made to the Lord Privy Seal by Members of the House of Commons on questions affecting the Women's Services; and has he any statement to make?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Yes, Sir. The Government have considered those representations and have decided to set up a Committee with the following terms of reference: "To inquire into and report on amenities and welfare conditions in the three Women's Services and to make recommendations."

The Committee will consist of the following persons:

  • Miss Violet Markham, C.H., J.P., Deputy Chairman of the Assistance Board (Chairman).
  • The Hon. Member for Islington East (Miss Thelma Cazalet).
  • Mrs. Walter Elliott, Chairman of the National Council of Girls' Clubs.
  • The Hon. and Gallant Member for South East Leeds (Major Milner, M.C., T.D.).
  • Air Vice Marshal Sir David Munro, K.C.B., C.B., C.I.E., Secretary of the Industrial Health Board of the Medical Research Council.
  • Mrs. J. L. Stocks, Principal of Westfield College, University of London.
  • The Hon. Member for Fulham West (Dr. Edith Summerskill).
  • The Rt. Hon. and Gallant Member for the Central Division of Nottingham (Major General the Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick Sykes, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., G.B.E., K.C.B., C.M.G.).

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

Will the right hon. Gentleman accept the assurance that this statement will give great satisfaction to all concerned, and will also give satisfaction as affording some indication that the Government are sometimes willing to listen to reasonable criticism? Will he tell the House approximately how soon the Committee may be expected to meet and whether, in view—[Hon. Members: "Speech."] May I not ask whether—

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The hon. Lady's question is much too long.