HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc837-8W
Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Health how many staff of all grades have been engaged since the 1st September, how many are women; and how many have been recruited from the central register and the Women's Employment Federation Bureau?

Mr. Elliot

The total number of staff of all grades, apart from the Emergency Medical Service, engaged by my Department since the 1st September, 1939, is 328, of whom 187 are women. None of these officers was recruited through the central register and the Women's Employment Federation Bureau.

Included in the above numbers are 39 men and 47 women assigned to the Department by the Civil Service Commissioners as a result of open competitions held prior to the war; three men and 49 women with previous Government service; six men and 20 women taken over with existing hospital services; four medical officers, three men and one woman, appointed as a result of a selection board held before the war; and two men engaged on account of their special experience of hospital finance. The remainder consists of officers engaged on routine duties who were recruited through the Employment Exchanges.