HC Deb 30 October 1929 vol 231 cc160-1
9. Sir G. PENNY

asked the Lord Privy Seal what particular provisions have been made to provide work for unemployed women; the number he estimates have been and will be absorbed under such schemes; and the cost of same?

The LORD PRIVY SEAL (Mr. J. H. Thomas)

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to a number of similar questions yesterday.


May I ask whether there is any increase or decrease in the number of women employed since the Conservative Government were in office?

Viscountess ASTOR

In his new employment schemes, will the right hon. Gentleman consider what he is going to do for women?


In answer to the first supplementary question, I can quite understand the anxiety of the hon. Member, because this question was put down before the House rose. I am endeavouring to meet his point. It shows how anxious he was to get the facts. With regard to the second sup- plementary question, the general problem of employment is being considered in relation to both sexes, and my preference is neither way.


May I ask the Lord Privy Seal for a definite reply?

Commander WILLIAMS

Arising out of the Lord Privy Seal's answer—


Commander Ken-worthy!