Oral Answers to Questions — Women's Auxiliary Services.

– in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir George Hutchison Lieut-Colonel Sir George Hutchison , Edinburgh West

asked the Prime Minister whether he will regulate the intake of women into the women's auxiliary services so as to ensure that women are not called up until such time as their services can be fully utilised in the particular branch of the Forces for which they are recruited?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

This is already done. Women for the Auxiliary Territorial Service are not recruited by categories for different types of work, but after enrolment are allocated to and trained for the work for which they prove to be best fitted. Since there are still many vacancies full use can be made without delay of the services of all. The Women's Auxiliary Air Force and Women's Royal Naval Service recruit for individual trades, and do not call women up till there are vacancies in their particular trades.

Miss Rathbone:

Is it not the case that a considerable number of Army units would much like to have a great many more A.T.S. than they can get, and are there not other units where the Commanders themselves are deliberately keeping men in jobs which women could do?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Perhaps the hon. Lady will put that Question to the Secretary of State for War.