§ Mr. J. BELL
asked the Minister of Pensions why a Substitution Committee has been set up in the Issue Office in view of the pledge that the Issue Office work was to be reserved for women in order to absorb some of the trade union women of the awards and other branches who have recently given up their posts to ex-service men, and in view of the fact that half the women employed have dependants to support and the majority of the remainder have lost fathers or brothers in the War?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
A Substitution Committee was set up in the Pension Issue Office to consider afresh the question of the continued employment of women in that office in the altered circumstances resulting from the decision of the Government to accept the recommendations contained in the Lytton Report. The Committee were unable to reach any agreement and the matter has been referred to the Lytton Committee. In the meantime, Substitution Committees are 1455W investigating the cases of married women and pin money workers, which are affected by the recommendations of the Lytton Committee.