Domestic Workers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

During 1947, 3,805 women were brought to this country and placed in "priority" domestic employment at the cost of the Exchequer under schemes for the recruitment of displaced persons from the Continent. Of these 2,439 went to hospitals, but my records do not distinguish between the types of hospitals—Government, local authority or voluntary—employing them. Women from Eire do not, of course, fall under schemes relating to foreign workers. The number of women recruited in 1947 through my Dublin Liaison Office for hospital domestic work in this country was 260 and for hostels 190. Employers are responsible for payment of fares of women from Eire taking up other types of domestic employment.