Domestic Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 21st July 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Gretton Mr John Gretton , Burton

asked the Minister of Labour whether it is still the principle of the Ministry that women in domestic service essential to a household are not to be moved unless they can be replaced?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

Yes, Sir; the practice remains as stated in the reply of 27th January to the hon. Member for Denbigh (Sir H. Morris-Jones), of which I am sending my right hon. and gallant Friend a copy.

Photo of Mr John Gretton Mr John Gretton , Burton

Will the hon. Gentleman call the attention of Employment Exchanges to the fact that the intentions of the Government are not, in all cases, being observed?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

I should not be prepared to accept that without details.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that young girls who are the only help which their widowed mothers have are being removed without any question of replacement?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

Yes, but that is not a question of domestic help as intimated in this Question.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the Secretary of State's own constituency there is a case where five sons have been taken away arid now the only lassie left is being taken away?

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that "essential domestic service" varies a great deal in town and country, and will he give his committees instructions to take into account country needs where a householder provides his own light, water, etc., and goods are bought in town six miles or more away?

Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

Is my hon. Friend not aware that under the administration of this Order only daughters are taken away, and that the general administration of this part of the Order is very harsh indeed?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

These are general questions relating to the calling-up of young people, and are not specifically in relation to this question of domestic service.

Photo of Mr John Gretton Mr John Gretton , Burton

Will the attention of managers of Employment Exchanges he called to this question?

Photo of Mr Denis Pritt Mr Denis Pritt , Hammersmith North

Would the hon. Gentleman arrange that an only daughter left in a house shall be counted as the domestic servant of her mother?