HC Deb 26 June 1916 vol 83 cc537-8

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War why the temporary women clerks in the War Office are required to work forty-eight hours a week, whereas the temporary male clerks are required to work only forty-two hours a week; and whether the working week of women clerks can be reduced from forty-eight to forty-two hours as in the case of men?


The Noble Lord will probably be aware that there were no pre-war regulations in regard to the employment of women clerks in the War Office. When the rate of pay was fixed, it was specially fixed to cover forty-eight hours. If it had been fixed to cover forty-two hours only, the rate of pay would have been proportionately less. Both men and women clerks at the War Office work for forty-eight hours, and in the majority of cases considerably more.