Married Women.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Mr. De la Bère:

asked the Minister of Labour, whether, in connection with small retail establishments in which the proprietor is called up for service with the Forces and the business and management are taken over by his wife, the wife may be immune from being conscripted, even though she may be within the age limit for the calling-up of women?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Married women are not liable to be called up for Service in the Armed Forces. With regard to transfer to civilian employment, the wives of men serving in the Forces are not required to take employment away from home. If required to take local employment, they can appeal to a local appeal board, which would, no doubt, give sympathetic consideration to circumstances of the kind referred to in the Question.

Mr. De la Bère:

Would the right hon. Gentleman take steps to inform local appeal boards that it is the wish of the Ministry of Labour that so far as possible they should view this matter sympathetically?