HC Deb 12 April 1945 vol 409 cc1978-9
58. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will recommend the war agricultural executive committees to set up camps with creches, so that parents with children can undertake voluntary work on the land.

Mr. Hudson

In view of the limited supplies of equipment available, the difficulties in providing the necessary additional staff, and the need for reserving accommodation at the camps for active volunteers, I am unable to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister aware that there are many parents in the cities who would be glad of an opportunity to help in agriculture if there were facilities for the children, and would not that be better than taking children from school to do agricultural work?

Mr. Hudson

No, Sir.

Sir Joseph Lamb

Will my right hon. Friend make inquiries before setting up creches in the country in order to find what has been the cost of setting them up in the towns?