HC Deb 06 December 1945 vol 416 cc2524-5
67. Mr. Stubbs

asked the Minister of Labour if he has given further consideration to the granting of Class B release for men employed in the agricultural industry.

Mr. Isaacs

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 4th December to the hon. Members for Salisbury (Major J. Morrison), Thirsk and Malton (Mr. Turton), and Barnstaple (Brigadier Peto), a copy of which I am sending him.

Mr. Stubbs

Is the Minister aware that farmers and farm workers were delighted at the release of 10,000 men under Class B?

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

Is the Minister not yet convinced of the necessity of widening the definition of key men for agriculture?

Mr. Turton

Will the right hon. Gentle man publish the instructions he has given to the Service Departments about the compulsory release of these Class B men?

Mr. Isaacs

I will certainly look into that. As to the question of key men, we are being advised by the appropriate Department, and I want to assure the House that there is no attempt being made to whittle down this arrangement, but to extend it.