§ 35. Mr. Geoffrey Cooper
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the extent to which the Women's Voluntary Services are subsidised by public funds; and whether a balance sheet and accounts are available.
§ Mr. Ede
The cost of the Women's Voluntary Services borne on the current Home Office vote is some £166,000. My Department pays the bills and accounts for the expenditure. To this figure must be added the cost to the Exchequer in respect of rent, rates, repairs, office furniture, stationery and telephones. The separate cost of those services Which are not met from the Home Office Vote could only be ascertained by an unjustifiable expenditure of time and labour. No balance sheet or accounts are published by the Women's Voluntary Services in respect of the money for which my Department accounts.
§ Mr. Cooper
Is my right hon. Friend aware that according to the comments made by the voluntary workers of this organisation, they feel that the organisation should be entirely voluntary or else should change its title, and does my right hon. Friend consider it justified to investigate this matter to see if this service should continue in its present form and continue to draw public funds?
§ Miss Bacon
Can my right hon. Friend say what has been the result of the talks that he has had with all the other chief women's organisations on the special position of the W.V.S.?
Have the Government any call upon the Women's Voluntary Services for work of any particular kind, such as the work they did in Tanganyika, or are these offers made direct by them without a call from the Government?