HC Deb 29 March 1945 vol 409 cc1531-2
45. Major Peto

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is yet in a position to state whether arrangements will be made to enable those members of the W.L.A. who would like to make a career in agriculture at the end of the war to receive the necessary training facilities to do so.

The Minister of Aģriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

As I stated on 22nd February, the further education and training scheme, and the vocational training scheme, particulars of which have already been announced, will be available for suitable members of the Women's Land Army in common with men and women released from other forms of war service. So far as the present position is concerned, W.L.A. members can now be released to take courses at colleges and universities with a view to securing teaching and advisory posts in agriculture; and members who are considered suitable and can find vacancies at shorter courses at farm institutes may be allowed to take those courses while retaining their membership of the Land Army.

46. Major Peto

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that women are still being recruited into the W.L.A. at the approximate rate of 300 per month, steps are being taken to make clear to these women that they will not receive the same pecuniary benefits at the end of hostilities as if they entered other Services.

Mr. Hudson

No, Sir. There is no need for the special steps suggested by my hon. and gallant Friend.