HC Deb 18 June 1951 vol 489 c30
45. Miss Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the important world part women have to play in maintaining peace, he will give an assurance that he will not without affording an opportunity for discussion in this House accept the proposal for the abolition of the women's section of the office of the British High Commissioner in Germany.

Mr. Younger

It is necessary to make very considerable reductions this year in the strength of the Control Commission, which is being reorganised more on the lines of an Embassy. Accordingly, my right hon. Friend has decided that it is not possible to retain a women's affairs section in the Commission, though one senior officer of the section will remain until next spring.

Miss Ward

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that all Governments economise on women, and that it is the opinion of many of us that if more women were associated with government there would be less risk of war?