§ 1. Miss Fookes
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will seek powers to end the exclusion of women from membership of stock exchanges.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Employment (Mr. Dudley Smith)
No. My right hon. Friend is not persuaded that the introduction of legislation for this purpose is necessary. Women are admitted to membership of provincial stock exchanges.
§ Miss Fookes
Would my hon. Friend convey to the Secretary of State my extreme displeasure at what I regard as a pussy-footing answer?
§ Miss Fookes
I will do my own piling on. If stock exchanges will not admit women to membership, does my hon. Friend agree that there should be a time limit on the time we wait for them to co-operate voluntarily—say, 18 months?
§ Mrs. Castle
Is it not odd that the Secretary of State did not answer this Question in view of the passionate speeches which he made during the Committee stage of my Equal Pay Bill, on which he supported Amendments to remove discrimination in the employment of women in every sphere of activity, from ministries of religion to the stock exchanges? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, as a result of those speeches, we have been expecting him to introduce a Bill ruling out all forms of discrimination?
§ Mr. Tilney
Is my hon. Friend aware that women are not only permitted to be members of provincial stock exchanges but are members of the Northern Stock Exchange?