HC Deb 19 October 1939 vol 352 c1080W
Mr. Brooke

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will reconsider the regulation under which married women are refused temporary employment in the Civil Service in war time, in view of the many cases of difficulty where husbands have been called up from well-paid positions to the Territorial Army, leaving their wives with commitments exceeding the separation allowance?

Captain Crookshank

Married women as such are not automatically excluded from consideration for employment in a temporary capacity in the Civil Service in war time. On the other hand the Ministry of Labour, in submitting to Government Departments candidates for such employment, would not normally put forward the names of married women where there is an adequate field of selection amongst men and unmarried women.

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