HC Deb 09 November 1939 vol 353 cc387-8
15. Mr. Neil Maclean

asked the Minister of Labour whether it is with his authority that female applicants for clerical and typing duties in the War Office, Ministry of Supply and other Government Departments are being asked to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service?

Mr. E. Brown

As was stated in reply to the hon. Member for Dartford (Mrs. Adamson) by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War on Tuesday last no pressure of any kind is exerted by Employment Exchanges to force women applicants for clerical work to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service. On the other hand, it is right that in present war circumstances the attention of such applicants should be directed to these vacancies, if they exist, along with others.