HC Deb 19 June 1941 vol 372 cc814-5
49. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that land girls who become ill or incapacitated may be forthwith discharged from work; and whether he will consider the desirability of arranging that they shall not fare worse when ill or incapacitated than if they were serving with the Auxiliary Territorial Service?

Mr. Hudson

Members of the Women's Land Army, although recruited and trained by the State, are not usually State-employed but work as employés of individual farmers under the ordinary conditions applicable to agricultural workers. Certain special arrangements and stipulations have, however, been made to prevent hardship to Women's Land Army members through sickness or unemployment, and I am sending details, to the hon. Member.

Mr. Sorensen

Why should girls in the Women's Land Army He penalised by being put in a more difficult position than their sisters who join other Forces?

Mr. Hudson

Perhaps the hon. Member would look at the information which I am sending him.