HC Deb 28 November 1938 vol 342 c48W
Mr. T. Smith

asked the Home Secretary over what period members of the women's voluntary services organisation have been performing voluntary clerical work in the Air-Raid Precautions Department of the Home Office; the numbers so engaged at the end of each month during the present year; the amount of wages and salaries saved by the Department as a result of this voluntary work; whether the voluntary workers have been employed separately from the paid Civil Service staff or mixed with them; whether the voluntary workers observe the same hours and days of employment as the paid Civil Service staff; how and by whom the voluntary workers were recruited for the work, whether by examination, interview, or otherwise; the qualifications and experience required; whether he is satisfied that administrative functions laid down by Act of Parliament are properly carried out in this way; whether volunteers are employed on comparable duties in any other Department of the Home Office; and what distinction, from a Civil Service point of view, lies between this and other functions of the Department?

Sir S. Hoare

The women's voluntary services for air-raid precautions is a voluntary organisation officially recognised by the Air-Raid Precautions Department whose purpose is to assist the local authorities in the enrolment of women volunteers for their air-raid precautions services and to help in the information and instruction of women in air-raid precautions. It is not a part of the Air-Raid Precautions Department and the questions asked by the hon. Member do not therefore arise.

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