HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 cc1526-7
57. Mr. Pearson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he will consider subsidising "Royal Ordnance factory hostels, so as substantially to lower the present charge of 22s. 6d., rather than subsidising travel from long distances by amounts up to 24s. per week per person, thus inducing greater acceptance by munition workers of hostel accommodation specially constructed for them?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

The hostel charge for women operatives was reduced from 25s. per week to 22s. 6d. per week on 17th November. The question whether any reduction beyond this point is necessary or desirable must be considered in the light of experience. The question of modifying the present arrangement for assisted travel in respect of long journeys between home and factory is under consideration.