Oral Answers to Questions — Women's Services (Welfare Committee)

– in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Photo of Miss Thelma Cazalet Miss Thelma Cazalet , Islington East

asked the Secretary of State for War which of the recommendations of the Women's Services Welfare and Amenities Committee have been accepted by his Department?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

As the answer consists of a series of figures, I am circulating a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Miss Thelma Cazalet Miss Thelma Cazalet , Islington East

Will my right hon. Friend state how many recommendations have been accepted?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

As far as the War Office are concerned, 28 out of a total of 44; not all of these concern the War Office.

Following is the statement:

Of the 44 recommendations in the Report of the Committee on Amenities and Welfare Conditions in the Three Women's Services, the following have been accepted: Nos. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, The following have been partially accepted: Nos. 2, 6, 7, 9, 15. Seven of the recommendations are outside the purview of the War Office.

Photo of Miss Thelma Cazalet Miss Thelma Cazalet , Islington East

asked the Secretary of State for Air which of the recommendations of the Women's. Services Welfare and Amenities Committee have been accepted by his Department?

Photo of Mr Harold Balfour Mr Harold Balfour , Isle of Thanet

With my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Miss Thelma Cazalet Miss Thelma Cazalet , Islington East

How many of the recommendations have been accepted by the Department?

Photo of Mr Harold Balfour Mr Harold Balfour , Isle of Thanet

Eleven have been adopted, 27 have been accepted in principle, and four do not concern my Department.

Following is the statement:

Recommendations. Nos. 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12, 18, 19, 29, 33 and 41 have already been adopted. Nos. 1, 5, 6, 7 (officers only), 9, 10, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43 and 44 have been accepted in principle. Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 27 do not concern my Department.

Photo of Miss Thelma Cazalet Miss Thelma Cazalet , Islington East

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty which of the recommendations of the Women's Services Welfare and Amenities Committee have been accepted by his Department?

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Widnes

I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of nine recommendations made by the Committee on Amenities and Welfare Conditions in the Women's Services which were either in force in the W.R.N.S. before the Committee's Report was issued or have since been accepted in so far as the W.R.N.S. is concerned. With regard to recommendation No. 5, the training of Administrative Officers has been extended by one week and it is now under consideration to extend the general Officers' Training Course by at least a similar period. The remaining recommendations which affect the W.R.N.S. are still under consideration.

Mr. De la Bère:

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that it would be a very good thing if the remaining recommendations were got on with without delay, because they are extremely good and reported to be the best that have been made in the Services throughout the war?

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Widnes

I can assure my hon. Friend that there will be no undue delay in the further consideration of the remaining recommendations.

Mr. De la Bère:

Yes, but the Admiralty sometimes wants a little acceleration.

Following is the list referred to:

Recommendations of the Committee on Amenities and Welfare Conditions in the Women's Services which were already in force or have been accepted,
No.Title.
2.—Recruitment of officers.
3.—Allocation of officers.
10.—Use of immobile women, etc.
11.—Posting arrangements.
12.—Instruction for new recruits.
36.—Amenities for remote sites, etc.
37.—Provision of quiet rooms.
38.—Railway station accommodation.
41.—Wearing of Service shoes.