Part-Time Employment (Women).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 26th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will take steps to secure the part-time employment on munition production of women who, owing to their family and other responsibilities, are unable to accept full-time employment?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Yes, Sir, with the co-operation of both sides of industry I am pressing on employers both in munitions and in other industries the adoption of schemes for part-time employment. I am informed that where these have been introduced they are working successfully, and I shall continue to urge their introduction to the utmost possible extent.

Photo of Mr Cyril Culverwell Mr Cyril Culverwell , Bristol West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a great number of women—I have had letters from several—who are only too anxious to undertake some form of war service but are precluded from doing so by the fact that manufacturers do not seem anxious to fit them in; and will he take more comprehensive and active steps to secure that this waste is prevented?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am pressing it all the time, but the education of employers is very difficult.