HC Deb 12 March 1919 vol 113 cc1315-6W

asked the Minister of Labour upon what grounds the employment Department of the Labour Ministry has refused a licence to come to England from Paris to Madame Blanche Pitet, who has been engaged by a lady at Cambridge as French governess for her children, and who has a proper passport; and whether, having regard to the importance to the rising generation of instruction in the French language, he will forthwith grant the necessary licence or permit?


This application was refused because it appeared to ask for a permit for Mde. Blanche Pitet to be brought from Paris into this country as a nursery governess. All such applications are, as a general rule, being refused unless it appears that the primary object of the engagement is to teach children French or some other foreign language. The Departments concerned regard this, as the proper policy in view of the fact that the hundreds of thousands of women who are at present in receipt of out-of-work donation include a considerable number of women who are fully qualified to act as nursery governesses.

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