HC Deb 04 August 1939 vol 350 c2823
28. Sir P. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture what further steps he proposes to take in conjunction with the education authorities in London and throughout the country to encourage the recruiting, training, and placing of urban boys who desire to take up farming as a career?

The Minister of Agriculture (Colonel Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith)

The general question of what steps it would be practicable to take to augment the supply of recruits for the agricultural industry is continuing to receive careful consideration, and in particular the institution of training schemes for boys is being examined in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour. I am not at present in a position to make a further statement.

Sir P. Hurd

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend realise the need for encouraging this training?

Mr. Lipson

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend consider sending representatives of the Ministry to certain schools to point out the advantages of an agricultural training?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

All these questions are under consideration.