asked the Minister of Labour what is the total number of non-service staff, male and female, respectively, still retained in his Department; what are the reasons in each case for such retention; and whether, in view of the large number of ex-service men now unemployed and on the pool of the Joint Substitution Board, he will take steps to effect further substitution?
Particulars of the temporary staff of the Ministry (including both Headquarters and Provincial Offices and excluding industial staff employed in the Ministry's Training Factories and part-time workers) are as follow:—
The work which is allotted to the 1,721 women above referred to is work which ought properly—in accordance with the existing practice of the Civil Service, as accepted by the Whitley Council for the Civil Service, as also with that of business houses—to be performed by women officers, and I am satisfied that further substitution in connection therewith cannot properly be proceeded with.
The family circumstances of all the temporary women retained at Kew are being examined again in order to ensure that the only women retained are those who are dependent on their earnings at that office or have others dependent on them. I may add that since 1st October, 1920, the date at which the present arrangements for "substitution" were put into operation, the number of non-service men employed in the Ministry in a temporary capacity has been reduced from 541 to 27; and the number of temporary women officers from 3,449 to 1,721.