HC Deb 20 May 1943 vol 389 cc1208-9
9. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Minister of Labour how many girls have been directed from Scotland to England and from England to Scotland in connection with the war effort?

Mr. Bevin

The number of women transferred from Scotland to employment in England after registration under the Registration for Employment Order and the National Service Acts was 3,385 up to 17th March, 1943, from i6th May, 1942, on which date my Department started to maintain records in this connection. In the same period 57 women were transferred from England to Scotland.

Sir T. Moore

In view of the strong feeling among mothers, does not the Minister think that some exchange could be made, even though a comparatively small number of Englishwomen have been sent to Scotland, so that our Scottish mothers can be relieved in their minds?

Mr. Bevin

The people we sent to Scotland went with certain firms. They were specially skilled and specially trained. Otherwise, we have sent no people from England to Scotland, although we get a constant influx of Scotsmen into England.