HC Deb 17 February 1916 vol 80 cc247-9

asked the Postmaster-General what hours are now being worked by women in the Savings Bank and Money Order Departments at West Kensington; if he will have inquiry made into the effect which the long hours and physical and mental strain involved is having upon the health of the women; and will he endeavour to avoid the necessity of working women unduly long hours for lengthened periods?


The normal hours for women in the departments mentioned do not exceed eight a day, including intervals for meals. In the Savings Bank Department, where a very large increase of work has been occasioned by the issue of the 4½ per cent. War Loan and the 5 per cent. Exchequer Bonds, a considerable amount of overtime has been inevitable; but every effort has been and will continue to be made to meet the convenience of the staff, and avoid injury to their health. In the Money Order Department, where there is overtime, it has not exceeded two hours per week per officer engaged in overtime work. In neither department has any increase in the rate of sick absence been observed.

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