HC Deb 22 October 1942 vol 383 c2071
2. Dr. Howitt

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the great shortage of domestic workers in hospitals, he will direct that women shall be enrolled for domestic work in hospitals in the same manner as for the Services?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. McCorquodale)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the last part of the reply given to the hon. Member for Abingdon (Sir R. Glyn) on 6th October.

Dr. Howitt

Is my hon. Friend aware that it is becoming more and more difficult for hospitals to function properly to-day with their present domestic staffs and that in the case of an emergency arising from enemy action the wounded would not be able to receive the attention which I know my hon. Friend would like them to have?

Mr. McCorquodale

We are, of course, aware of those difficulties, which are fully set out in the reply to which I have referred.

Mr. Messer

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the effect of the changed arrangements whereby deferments are referred to the district man-power board is to make the position worse?

Mr. McCorquodale

I would not accept that.

Dr. Edith Surnrnerskill

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this shortage aggravates the nursing problem because nurses have to undertake domestic work, which they resent?

Mr. George Griffiths

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the man-power boards turn a blind eye almost all the time to this question?