HC Deb 22 October 1945 vol 414 cc1676-7
57. Mr. de la Bère

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the Government's refusal to grant gratuities to the W.L.A., he can now indicate what improved conditions of service are contemplated with a view to stimulating recruitment.

62. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider the desirability of making gratuities to members of the W.L.A. equal to those given to other members of His Majesty's Forces.

Mr. T. Williams

I would refer the hon. Members to the reply given on 15th October to the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Vernon Bartlett) and other hon. Members.

Mr. De la Bère

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that is most unsatisfying in every way; and will he do something to ensure that these land girls have fair treatment and encouragement in view of the importance of their work?

Sir T. Moore

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the country as a whole, and the hon. Members of this House too, I think, if they had the courage to say so, are definitely dissatisfied with the way in which these Land Army girls are being treated, and will he please review the whole situation?

Mr. Sydney Silverman

On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker, is it in Order for an hon. Member, in asking a question of a Minister, to impugn the courage of hon. Members of this House?

Mr. Speaker

Members are responsible for what they say; one need not necessarily pay any attention to their statements.

Mr. De la Bère

Cannot the Minister do something for these girls?