HC Deb 12 October 1943 vol 392 cc695-6
36. Mr. Hewlett

asked the Secretary of State for War how many A.T.S. girls have resigned under the four years' limitation of service; and whether he will use this opportunity to reduce the number of these women so that they can do more urgent national work?

Sir J. Griģģ

The answer to the first part of the Question is 664. I am glad to say that this is only a small proportion of those who might have chosen to exercise their right to be discharged. The remainder are all experienced members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and I find it difficult to believe that in general they could do more urgent national work elsewhere.

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