§ 41. Mr. BRIANT
asked the Minister of Health whether women are eligible for promotion to all the higher posts in his Department; whether the women higher executive officers and Health. Insurance inspectors are allowed to deputise in the grades above them so that they may be equally eligible with their male colleagues for consideration for promotion; and, if not, how it is proposed to give these women equality of opportunity with men?
§ The MINISTER OF HEALTH (Mr. Neville Chamberlain)
All posts in the Ministry are open to both sexes, with the exception of certain higher posts on the outdoor insurance staff, where there are at present separate establishments for men and women with higher posts for each. The whole basis of this organisation will, however, shortly be reviewed. Women higher executive officers and Health Insurance inspectors are allowed to deputise in the grades above subject to considerations of relative seniority and suitability for the work.