HC Deb 01 February 1945 vol 407 cc1629-30
55. Mr. Adamson

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is able to indicate the post-war position of agricultural war executive committee officers; whether there is to be any basis of retention; and what opportunities there are likely to be for existing personnel to continue the work as a career.

Mr. Hudson

The National Advisory Service offers the prospect of a career not only to those officers who are entitled under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act of 1944 to transfer to the Ministry's staff, but to any other officers who possess the necessary technical qualifications. The position of the other officers of committees will depend on the extent of the various functions which may continue to be exercised by county war agricultural executive committees after the war and the duration of some of those functions.

Mr. Granville

Would it not help these officers if the Minister could tell them whether there will be any county agricultural committees after the war?