Mobile Women Workers, Scotland

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

asked the Minister of Labour how many appeals were made by girls from Glasgow at Parkhead and Bridgeton employment exchanges to the nearest available date, against being sent to work in England, or against joining the Services, respectively, on grounds of domestic hardship; and in how many cases the appeals were successful?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The number of first applications for postponement made on domestic grounds by women called up under the National Service Acts at Park-head and Bridgeton up to 31st August last was 489, and of these 253 were granted; in a number of instances appeals have been made to the Umpire but separate figures for appeals from Parkhead and Bridgeton are not available. The available information does not show how many of the women concerned had expressed a preference for industrial work and for the Women's Auxiliary Services respectively. Women, other than single women born between 1st January, 1918, and 30th June, 1922, are not being called up under the National Service Acts but are being considered under the Registration for Employment Order, and in these cases appeals may be made to local appeal boards. Information is not immediately available about the numbers or results of such appeals, but I will make inquiries and write to my hon. Friend.