HC Deb 31 July 1940 vol 363 cc1214-5
13. Mr. Gledhill

asked the Minister of Information the number of women employed in censoring the articles of newspaper correspondents for British papers overseas; the salaries paid to them; whether they have had any experience of this type of work; and what are their educational qualifications?

Mr. Cooper

There are 23 women in the department, which deals with the censoring of articles for British papers overseas. Their salaries are £4 a week or at the rate of £320 a year, according to grade. At least 10 have had relevant previous experience, although only two were censoring in the last war. All the censors in question have had a university education or have exceptional linguistic attainments.

Mr. Gledhill

Would it not be better to employ duly qualified people and pay them at an adequate rate?

Mr. Cooper

It is difficult to define what are duly qualified people, because we do not do this work in peace-time.