§ Mr. Boothby
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has now completed his inquiries into the case of the girls who were convicted at Aberdeen Sheriff 309W Court of leaving their employment and who complained of verminous billets and bad food, and whether he has any statement to make on this matter?
§ Mr. Bevin
I have written fully to my hon. Friend with regard to these cases. My inquiries have established that the billets at which these girls were placed were clean and respectable working class homes. There is no evidence that the girls made any complaints before returning to Scotland. Had they done so the matter would have been investigated immediately and they necessarily exposed themselves to prosecution by acting as they did.