HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 c651
6. Mr. Brooke

asked the Minister of Labour whether it is his intention that firms engaged in Government contracts, and employing men on work which could be efficiently done by women, should adopt a policy of replacing the men with women as soon as women can be trained for the purpose?

Mr. Bevin

It is my intention to secure with the co-operation of the Production Departments that in industry generally women should be employed on work suitable to them to the utmost extent thus releasing men for work which necessitates the employment of men.

Mr. Brooke

As a change-over of this sort is naturally liable to cause acute feeling locally, can a firm which endeavours to release men in this way count on the full support of the Minister?

Mr. Bevin