Married Women with Children

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Henry Brooke Mr Henry Brooke , Lewisham West

asked the Minister of Labour whether married women with one or more children, who have registered under the Registration for Employment Order, are all being treated as exempt from interview or from compulsory obligation to do war work, without inquiry whether they have their children at home and are themselves looking after them?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Inquiries are made at the time of registration whether a mother has her young children living with her. If she has, she is not summoned for interview or directed to employment under present arrangements.

Photo of Mr Henry Brooke Mr Henry Brooke , Lewisham West

Is the Minister aware that a number of women were not asked this question when they registered—although that may have been in the earlier days of registration? Will he bear that fact in mind when planning future woman-power policy?