HC Deb 08 July 1943 vol 390 cc2262-3
69. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Supply why he proposes to remove the girls from a hostel, of which he has been informed, as time and money have been spent on these apartments by the girls; and will he have the proposed change held up pending the girls being consulted, and further consideration given to the effect of the breaking up of friendships, etc., on the morale of these girls who have come from all parts of the country and made themselves as comfortable as possible in this hostel?

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

Since the four hostels at this factory were not fully occupied, it was proposed to vacate one of them and to provide the residents with accommodation in the other three. The hostel thus vacated was to be made available for other use. However, in view of the representations he has received from the residents, my right hon. Friend has agreed to look into the matter.

Mr. Smith

Will the Minister give an undertaking that the girls themselves will be consulted, in view of the great contribution they have made to the war effort?

Mr. Sandys

As I have said, my right bon. Friend is looking into the matter arising out of the request of the residents in this hostel, and I have no doubt that he will be glad to let the hon. Gentleman know the result.