§ 4. Mr. Butcher
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state the number of men engaged in agriculture before the war who have joined and remain in the Armed Forces?
§ 5. Mr. Butcher
asked the Minister of Labour whether, irrespective of the Schedule of Reserved Occupations, he will refrain from calling for service in the Armed Forces any man employed in agriculture, either employer or employed, except with the specific agreement of the appropriate county war agricultural executive committee?
§ Mr. Bevin
I propose to continue to give full weight to the recommendations of these committees with regard to the calling-up of agricultural workers for the Forces, but I cannot go so far as to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion which would in effect place the final decision in the hands of the committees.
§ 55. Mr. Touche
asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of recommendations for exemption from military service made by the Surrey War Agricultural Committee; and the number of cases in which the recommendations have been given effect?
§ The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)
No, Sir. The county war agricultural executive committees are my agents; but while I am not prepared to disclose details of transactions between them and the headquarters of my Department, I can say that very great weight is always attached to their recommendations.