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House of Commons Girl Porters

Letter from the Serjeant-at-Arms to the Speaker of the House of Commons, informing him of the appointment of four Girl Porters to replace male Porters, 3 April 1917. He calls it 'an innovation', and explains that the girls would carry letters and messages from various offices in the Commons. The Serjeant also says that they would be employed on the same terms as Girl Messengers of similar ages at the War Office, including wearing brown drill overalls and hats.