HC Deb 11 November 1943 vol 393 cc1265-6
17. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state the number of women employed in his Department and in employment exchanges throughout the country under 45 years of age?

Mr. Bevin

The number of women under 45 employed in my Department (including employment exchanges throughout the country) is 14,990, of whom 1,832 are employed part-time. Of the total number, 8,828 are 30 and over, and 7,068 are married.

Sir T. Moore

Does my right hon. Friend not think it would be more appropriate to use the experienced women of over 45 to undertake this delicate and difficult task of interviewing, rather than using younger women?

Mr. Bevin

I undertook that no one under 30 should do the interviewing; but I repeat what I said on a previous occasion—that my experience is that older women are not always the best interviewers of other women.