HC Deb 19 May 1952 vol 501 cc23-4
28. Mr. Hamilton

asked the Minister of Food how many single women and widows have been declared redundant at the Thornton Food Office, Fife, in the past six months; and on what basis was the selection of these women made.

Major Lloyd George

Three women clerks, two single and one widow, have been declared redundant. Owing to resignations, however, only one person is now under notice of discharge. Under the Redundancy Agreement negotiated on the Departmental Whitley Council, clerks are discharged on the principle of "last in, first out."

Mr. Hamilton

Can the Minister say how many married women are still employed in this office, and whether, as a result of dismissals over the last six months, any overtime is being worked in this office?

Major Lloyd George

I Could not answer the second part of that Question without notice, but I think there are 19 married women in the office.