HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 c299

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been called to the case of John Martin, aged twenty-three and married, who for the past eighteen months has been in the service of Mr. John Prentice, farmer, Craigie, Clackmannan, as byre-or cattle-man who tills over 150 acres of arable land under crop besides 106 acres in pasture, and has a dairy stock of sixty cows, being one of the chief milk producers in the district; whether he is aware that if Mr. John Martin is called up it will be impossible for Mr. Prentice to carry on his dairy unless a skilled substitute be got, and that to procure such under existing conditions is extremely difficult because the services of an ordinary farm servant are quite inadequate for the care of dairy stock; and whether, seeing that he is engaged in work of national importance, he will use his best efforts with the War Office to get Mr. John Martin exempted from military service?


I am making inquiry of the Board of Agriculture for Scotland respecting the case mentioned, and will communicate with my right hon. Friend when I receive the Board's report.