Domestic Servants

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make any statement as to the extent to which aged, infirm and sick persons are being allowed to retain the services of at least one maid?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The effect of current arrangements under the Registration for Employment Order and National Service Acts would be to postpone the calling up or withdrawal of the one domestic servant in such a household if there were no other able-bodied person available.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Is it not a fact that in many districts this is not actually taking place and that people are being left without their only retainer?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The basis is in the latter part of any answer, namely, "in such a household if there were no other able-bodied person available."