HC Deb 20 November 1941 vol 376 cc501-2W
Mr. Erskine Hill

asked the Minister of Labour how many women have registered under the Emergency Powers (Defence) Order; how many of those who have registered have gone into employment; and how many of those registered have been directed to employment by the Ministry?

Mr. Tomlinson

The number of women who have registered under the Registration for Employment Order up to 8th November is 2,808, 576. It would not be in the national interest to give figures for the second part of the Question.

Miss Rathbone

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that numbers of young women of registration ages are escaping to the Isle of Man to evade National Service; and what steps are being taken to stop it and to bring back the fugitives?

Mr. Tomlinson

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary informs me that inquiries he has made, so far from substantiating this allegation, indicate that there is no foundation for it, but if my hon. Friend has any information to the contrary and will send it to me, I will make further inquiries.