HC Deb 13 February 1951 vol 484 cc185-6
29. Mr. Geoffrey Cooper

asked the Minister of Labour the number of students who have completed their training in the four years since the National Institute of House Workers was set up.

Mr. Lee

Seven hundred and eleven.

Mr. Cooper

Since the cost involved, as I understand, is nearly half a million pounds, could my hon. Friend say what the Government's policy is in regard to the future of this Institute; and could he also say whether these women take the training to go into domestic work or to increase their matrimonial prospects?

Mr. Lee

I should have thought that the service was doing admirable work indeed, and if my hon. Friend looks at the very fine results obtained, I think he will agree that it was well worth while.

Mr. Nabarro

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the expenditure of half a million pounds to train 700 people works out at something of the order of £700 per person trained? Is that economy?

Mr. Lee

I hope that the hon. Gentleman will offset against that the very great benefit that is done to the people employing these girls and to the girls themselves.

Miss Jennie Lee

I hope my hon. Friend will keep in mind how very important it is not to have household work made into casual labour, and how very important indeed is the work done by this Institute.

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