Women's Services (Personnel)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr Michael Hutchison Mr Michael Hutchison , Edinburgh South 12:00 am, 30th November 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to secure a high rate of retention of personnel in the women's Services; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East

We are starting a bonus scheme for this purpose. Those who enlist for six years and serve the full period will get a taxable bonus of £130. Those already serving on a shorter initial engagement will be able to qualify for a taxable bonus of £65 by extending their service for two years. The scheme does not apply to officers.

Photo of Mr Michael Hutchison Mr Michael Hutchison , Edinburgh South

Will the hon. Gentleman look at this again? I think it refers to cases where women in the Services do not get married—which may be contrary to public policy.

Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East

From my point of view, marriage is a great bugbear. It takes our people away. I am all for having a bonus which will encourage them to go the full length of their engagement.