HC Deb 06 April 1939 vol 345 cc3031-2W
Colonel Ponsonby

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of women of alien origin admitted into this country in 1936, 1937 and 1938 for the purpose of taking work as domestic servants?

Mr. E. Brown

I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department that no separate statistics are kept showing how many of the foreign women who enter the United Kingdom in a particular period are coming for employment in domestic service. The number of permits issued by the Ministry of Labour in respect of female foreigners from abroad for employment as domestic servants in private households during 1936, 1937 and 1938 were 8,031, 12,897 and 13,757 respectively. In addition, from 1st April 1938, to the end of that year permission was given by the Home Office in respect of approximately 1,300 refugee women from Greater Germany to proceed to this country for domestic service under the auspices of the Co-ordinating Committee for Refugees.