§ Mr. RUPERT GWYNNE
(by Private Notice) asked the President of the Local Government Board whether under the recent Order dealing with agricultural workers local tribunals are to exempt men of military age whom they consider indispensable for carrying on the work of a farm, until January next, or whether they should refuse further exemption from this date and leave it to the military authorities not to call them up before that date should they think it desirable?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. Hayes Fisher)
Under the arrangement made by the War Office and the Board of Agriculture an agricultural worker will not be called up before the 1st January, and therefore, if a tribunal is satisfied that a man should be available for military service on and after that date, they may properly decline to grant him 529 exemption. If they are satisfied that he will be indispensable after 1st January they can, of course, give him exemption to a later date.