HC Deb 16 October 1945 vol 414 cc912-3
41. Mr. Henderson Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the terms of the letters circulated in September by the Department of Agriculture for Scotland on the subject of continued Service by members of the W.L.A.; and whether the further statement regarding release, mentioned therein, has yet been issued.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Thomas Fraser)

The letter referred to in the first part of the Question contained an appeal by my right hon. Friend to members of the Women's Land Army in Scotland to remain at work and help to secure this year's vital harvest. I am glad to say that the response to the appeal has been most gratifying. Regarding the second part, as my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries informed the House yesterday, a statement is to be made in the very near future on the matter of release, and it will apply to members of the Women's Land Army in Scotland as in England and Wales.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

Is the Minister aware that unless girls are attracted to make up for the loss and disappointment in not getting a gratuity, he will not get the services of these excellent women?

Mr. Fraser

I think we are very well aware of the circumstances.

Sir T. Moore

In view of the scurvy treatment that these fine young women have hitherto received during their service, how can the Government expect them to continue under such conditions without making their service and their demobilisation conditions attractive?

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