HC Deb 29 October 1918 vol 110 c1281

asked the Prime Minister whether the Women in Industry Committee, set up by the War Cabinet to deal with the general relation of the wages of women and men, are also considering the special case of women replacing men on munitions work; if so, whether an interim report on this matter will be issued, and when; whether two additional men members have recently been added to the above Committee; and if so, whether he will consider the advisability of appointing two additional women members?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The War Cabinet Committee on Women in Industry are not contemplating the issue of an interim report, nor would such a course appear desirable in view of the complexity of the problem and the far-reaching effects of any general principle which may be recommended for adoption. The membership of the Committee has recently been increased by the addition of Mr. J. Le B. Hammond, on the suggestion of the Minister of Reconstruction, and the Committee now consists of two women and four men, under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice Atkin. It is not proposed to make any further change in the composition of the Committee.