HC Deb 17 July 1941 vol 373 cc748-9W
Sir F. Fremantle

asked the Minister of Labour (1) whether the interests of stewardesses, of the families of seamen visiting them in ports other than their home ports, and the provision of hospitality for foreign seamen by their own nationals, are matters which fall within the scope of port welfare committees; and, if so, whether women are appointed to these committees to represent such interests;

(2) how many women are serving on port welfare committees; and whether the appointment of a woman on each port welfare committee has been disallowed by the Seamen's Welfare Board.

Mr. Bevin

The matters mentioned by the hon. Member are not excluded from the scope of port welfare committees. They do not at present include any women members and the question of appointing women members has not come before the Seamen's Welfare Board. I have just received a letter from the National Council of Women of Great Britain suggesting that women members should be appointed and have this under consideration.