HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 c698
3. Mr. T. J. Brooks

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give authority for mothers to have reasonable leave of absence from their employment when their sons are on leave from military duties and allow the same facilities and conditions to mothers as to wives of serving men, as personal comfort is just as necessary in the home for single men as the married men.

Mr. Bevin

This is a matter for arrangement between the worker and the management, but I am sure that employers will continue to do their best to allow reasonable leave of absence in such circumstances.

Mr. Brooks

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that some of these mothers have to be out at work all day, and that sometimes they even have to work overtime, leaving the boys without their help and comfort in the home; and will the statement he has made be made known?

Mr. Bevin

I cannot prescribe this legally, but I am sure that my answer will have the desired effect.