HC Deb 16 August 1916 vol 85 c1839
67. Mr. G. LAMBERT

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture if he is aware that in a number of cases the military representatives have refused to act on the recognised scale agreed on between the War Office and the Board of Agriculture as to the minimum number of men required on farms; and whether, in view of the Prime Minister's announcement of the Government's policy that the highest possible output of home-grown food supplies is an essential object of national importance, he will take steps to ensure that military representatives observe the agreement arrived at between the two Departments?


I have not heard of any cases in which military representatives have refused to recognise the scale referred to as a guide for their action and that of the tribunals. If my right hon. Friend knows of such cases and will communicate them to me, I am sure that the War Office will be most anxious to look into them. As he will realise, the scale, owing to the great variety of agricultural conditions, cannot be regarded as a hard and fast rule to be applied to every case. It was agreed to as a general guide to the tribunals and is, I believe, being so observed.