HC Deb 24 April 1941 vol 371 c233
2. Miss Eleanor Rathbone

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the resolution communicated to him, on 10th April, by the Joint University Council for Social Studies and Public Administration, asking for the reservation from National Service of women students proposing to enter on recognised courses of training for social work; and whether he has been able to agree to this?

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. Women taking vocational training courses in social service, including housing estate management, or work as hospital almoners, club leaders, health visitors, welfare workers, child guidance workers and home teachers for the blind, will not be asked to abandon their studies as a result of their registration under the Registration for Employment Order, 1941. In my view these students will in general best serve the national interest by completing their courses of study.