asked the Home Secretary the numbers of men and women under the age of 40 on the staff of the London Civil Defence Regional Commissioners now or at the latest date for which figures are available; what proportion this is of the total number employed; what reductions of both categories have been made during the last six months; and whether these reductions are in the same proportion as the reductions in the staff of his Ministry?
The latest date for which full particulars of regional staffs are readily available at the headquarters of the Ministry is 1st September, 1943. On this date there were employed in the London Civil Defence Region 91 men and 375 women under the age of 40. These figures represent 47·5 per cent. of the total staff of the Region, excluding industrials and uniformed staff dealing with National Fire Service matters. The reductions in staff under 40 years of age since the 1st March, 1943, have been 12 men and 14 women. The staff of the London Region was reduced during the six months in question by approximately 3·4 per cent. The percentage reduction for the Ministry as a whole during the same period was 2.3 per cent.