HC Deb 08 February 1945 vol 407 cc2228-9
53. Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Agriculture the date on which the present minimum rate of pay for members of the W.L.A. was fixed; the amount of such pay; and whether it is proposed to grant an increase.

Mr. Hudson

The minimum rates of pay for all women employed in agriculture including members of the Women's Land Army are fixed by the Agricultural Wages Board. Except in the case of a few counties, the present weekly minimum rate for women of 18 years and over is 48s. This rate was brought into operation on 12th December, 1943. The Board is not proposing to make any increase in the minimum rates for female workers.

Mr. Butcher

Is my right hon. Friend aware that these members of the Women's Land Army are deprived of privileges usually given to uniformed service; and will he, therefore, give them wages comparable to those usual in civilian employment?