Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Production Panel.

– in the House of Commons on 1st July 1942.

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Miss Cazalet:

asked the Minister of Production whether he is yet in a position to make a statement with regard to appointing a woman on his Industrial Production Panel?

Photo of Sir Andrew Duncan Sir Andrew Duncan , City of London

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend has given careful consideration to this matter. The Chairman of the Panel has power to co-opt individuals for the purpose of carrying out particular inquiries, and my right hon. Friend has instructed him in the exercise of this power to co-opt Mrs. Martin, who is a suitably qualified woman, in all cases in which the matters under investigation substantially affect the interests of women in employment.

Miss Cazalet:

Will my right hon. Friend convey my thanks to the Minister for that very satisfactory reply?

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Could the right hon. Gentleman say why it is always necessary for women in this House to make a protest before women are included upon these very important advisory committees?