HC Deb 21 February 1917 vol 90 cc1329-30
106. Mr. WATT

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether any arrangement is being made for sending soldiers to farms in Scotland for work there during the next three months; if so, will he say how many are to be made available and how they are to be allocated; and will they all have had previous experience of farming?


The reply to the first part of my lion, and learned Friend's question is in the affirmative. I am not in a position to give definite figures, but I am informed that there will be available to-day in Scotland for distribution a substantial number of skilled agricultural workers. In addition there will shortly be available a larger body of men without special agricultural training or experience. The allocation of the men will be arranged by the National Service Department in co-opera- tion with the Board of Agriculture for Scotland and the District Agricultural Executive Committees on Food. Production.

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