§ MR. H. D. GREENE (Shrewsbury)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for 984 War whether an officer commanding a regimental district or depot in the United Kingdom may allow soldiers under his command to engage themselves to undertake harvest work upon terms and conditions approved by him; and, if so, whether, in districts where harvest labour is scarce, the readiness to assist agriculturists in this manner might be made publicly known.
§ * MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
Under paragraph 160 King's Regulations, general officers commanding are given power to use their discretion in allowing soldiers to be employed in the harvest work provided the employment of the population is not thereby interfered with. This regulation has been in force for some years and there is no apparent reason to suppose that it is not generally known.