HC Deb 13 March 1917 vol 91 c889
17. Major HUNT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the men in the Army in the United Kingdom not wanted as drafts for the front before the end of April who are accustomed to ploughing can be summoned at once and given leave from the Army so that they can come back and assist in ploughing the necessary land for the next seven weeks?


Every effort has been made when allotting men who have been put at the disposal of the Board of Agriculture to select those with agricultural experience. It is not possible, however, to delay the training of men for drafts by sending them on furlough for ploughing.