HC Deb 22 March 1945 vol 409 cc961-2
2. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Gilbert Acland-Troyte

asked the Minister of Labour the benefits to which members of the W.L.A. will be entitled on discharge to assist them in training and rehabilitation.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

Members of the Women's Land Army who satisfy the necessary conditions will be eligible to apply for assistance under the Further Education and Training Scheme, the Industrial Training Scheme announced in the House of Commons on 6th April last, and the scheme for the Training and Resettlement of Disabled Persons. In addition, my Department's Resettlement Advice Service will be open to them. I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend papers in which all these schemes are described.

Mrs. Tate

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that large numbers of the Women's Land Army have been quite unable to save any money during the war; that the uniform will be removed from them; and that unless they are given some small financial assistance, it will be impossible for them to manage to buy civilian clothes?

Sir G. Acland-Troyte

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there will be a great demand for college trained horticulturists after the war? Will he throw his weight into the scale and see that the W.L.A. get facilities for training in horticultural colleges?

Mr. Bevin

If I threw my weight into the scale, it might become completely unbalanced.