HC Deb 15 December 1949 vol 470 cc311-2W
111. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Labour what supervision and responsibility is exercised in respect of the employment of German women as domestic workers in this country; whether he will arrange for persons speaking German and familiar with Germany to have such supervision; and, approximately, how many German women are now working in this country as hospital and private domestic workers, respectively.

Mr. Isaacs

These arrangements are referred to in the Annual Report of my Ministry (Cmd. 7822) a copy of which is in the Library. So far as their welfare outside their employment is concerned, in addition to the help which is available from officers of my Department, arrangements are made for their assistance by various voluntary and ecclesiastical organisations. Many of the members of such organisations speak German and some have a knowledge of Germany. In addition, in view of the fact that there are no German Consulates in this country, I am considering the possibility of appointing a German Woman Welfare Officer to the staff of my Ministry. About 3,000 German women recruited under official schemes are at present working in hospitals and 2,400 in private households. I have no information regarding the number of such women who have come by private arrangements

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