HC Deb 10 November 1943 vol 393 c1127
26. Mr. Dermot Campbell

asked the Secretary of State for Air why recruiting for the W.A.A.F. has closed in Northern Ireland?

Sir A. Sinclair

Except for a small number of women with high scientific or linguistic qualifications, recruitment throughout the United Kingdom for the W.A.A.F. has temporarily ceased with the completion of the current recruiting programme.

Mr. Campbell

Has the right hon. Gentleman borne in mind that in a country which is precluded from conscription if these girls are not allowed to join the Force they had selected they are rather inclined to join no Force at all, and their services are lost to the country?

Sir A. Sinclair

We should welcome these women from Northern Ireland in the W.A.A.F., but at the present time they are more urgently required for other war work.