HC Deb 14 October 1915 vol 74 cc1493-4W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the deterrent effect of the anticipated shortage of farm labour next year upon farmers who would otherwise respond to the appeal of the Government to increase upon their holdings the output of human food, the Government will undertake that, subject to unforeseen military exigencies, Home defence troops and soldiers incapacitated for general military service shall be placed at the disposal of arable farmers for next year's necessary farm operations?


While I cannot give an absolute undertaking, I think I can say that everything that is possible, subject to the exigencies of the Service, will be done with a view to helping farmers during the coming season.