HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc721-2
51. Mr. Moelwyn Hughes

asked the Minister of Agriculture why members of the W.L.A. are not accorded the same facilities as members of the Women's Auxiliary Services of His Majesty's Forces when they require hospital treatment.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

The reason why there is not uniformity of treatment between members of the Women's Land Army and members of the various Auxiliary Services was explained by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 19th January, 1944, in reply to a question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Ayr Burghs (Sir T. Moore), of which I am sending my hon. and learned Friend a copy. Members of the Women's Land Army rank equally with other transferred civilian war workers for treatment under the Government's Emergency Medical Service scheme in all hospitals covered by that scheme.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that these women, recruited, organised and partly uniformed by the State, have to pay to the fullest extent of their means for hospital treatment when they are sick? Is that the proper way to treat them?