HC Deb 18 February 1941 vol 369 c19
36. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has decided to enlist the assistance of women spotters?

Mr. Assheton

There is no official restriction on the employment of women as raid spotters, and a number are, in fact, giving their services in this capacity.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Can the hon. Gentleman indicate to the House what, if any, penalties are imposed on employé s who refuse to act as fire spotters?

Mr. Assheton

Perhaps my hon. Friend will put that Question down.

Miss Rathbone

Would my hon. Friend consider going rather further than that, and encouraging the employment of women fire spotters, in view of the fact that many more women are free from duties of this kind than men, and that their services are, to a very considerable extent, being neglected?

Mr. Assheton

It is a matter of arrangement in the factories between the employé s and the management.