Mine Work (Women)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — India – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8 February 1945.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook 12:00, 8 February 1945

I am asking the Government of India for up-to-date figures of the number of women employed in mining. Rates of pay for women working underground are the same as for men. They vary according to a number of factors and average about 12 annas per day in the types of work on which women are mainly employed. In addition they receive attendance bonus and grain concession of an average value of 6 annas per day. The question of the continued employment of women underground is under the Government of India's consideration and I expect shortly to be informed of their conclusions.