HC Deb 29 April 1958 vol 587 cc171-2
17. Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will state his intentions with regard to children assisting with the next potato harvest.

Mr. Maclay

While it will still be necessary to call on school children this year, the policy of the Government is to reduce the numbers progressively, and we intend to reduce the number of exemptions required to 20,000, from 24,000 last year. The transport of children under departmental arrangements will also be much curtailed.

Sir W. Anstruther-Gray

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that his early decision in this matter is very welcome to all parties?