Domestic Service (Aliens)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 10th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Minister of Labour the nature of the scheme in operation for the employment of aliens in domestic service m this country to replace women called up for defence and munitions services; and whether any Order has been made regulating the wages and conditions of labour of aliens so employed?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

There is no scheme of this nature, but a certain amount of control is exercised by my Department owing to the fact that, in general, aliens can only be employed under permit from my Department. A permit, when granted, imposes a requirement that the alien shall be employed at wages and under conditions not less satisfactory than those applicable to British subjects in similar work in the same area.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

What happens when a domestic servant leaves one house and goes to another without any authority? What control have the Ministry of Labour over the movements of aliens in the same way that it has over the movements of our own people?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

An alien leaving one occupation and moving to another must of necessity get permission to do so. Otherwise, the alien will not be employed without a permit.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

If the alien does not ask for and therefore does not get permission, what action does the Ministry take?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

It is dependent then upon the employer reporting the matter.