HC Deb 01 February 1945 vol 407 c1629
53. Sir T. Cook

asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of applications for W.L.A. labour in the country of Norfolk, in excess of supply, with particular reference to dairy work.

Mr. Hudson

On 27th January, the Women's Land Army had on its books 59 unfilled vacancies in the county of Norfolk. Of these 44 were vacancies for milkers.

Sir T. Cook

Is there any chance of filling up those vacancies?

54. Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps he is taking to fill the vacancies in the W.L.A. caused by members leaving the Service.

Mr. Hudson

Restrictions hitherto placed on the recruitment of volunteers for the W.L.A. in certain industrial areas have recently been removed and publicity has been given to the need of the Land Army for new members. All suitable volunteers are being accepted, but the rate of intake is insufficient to counterbalance wastage. I am considering, in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour, what further steps can be taken to stimulate recruitment.

Mr. Butcher

While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether he will consider increasing the basic rate of pay in order to induce these girls to join the Land Army?

Mr. Hudson

That is not my responsibility.