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Work Directions (Women)

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1943

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asked the Minister of Labour whether, in connection with the utilisation call-up and direction of woman-power, he will give an assurance that in future greater care will be exercised to ascertain that there is accommodation and work actually available in the works and industries to which women are directed before instructions are issued posting them away from their present employment?

Workers are only sent forward to vacancies which have been specifically notified by employers. It should not therefore happen that work is not available for any person so sent forward. If the hon. Member is aware of individual cases of difficulty and will let me have particulars I shall be glad to look into them. As to accommodation, this is primarily the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health. My officers and the officers of that Department act together in full co-operation to ensure that accommodation is available for transferred workers. Moreover, instructions are already in operation requiring all appropriate particulars of accommodation to be made known concurrently with notification of the vacancies to which workers are to be transferred.