HC Deb 14 December 1916 vol 88 c872W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the agricultural census paper which has been issued under the Defence of the Realm Act Regulations by his Department to farmers, to be filled up in triplicate and returned by 1st December, or as soon after that date as possible, does not indicate for which year the statistics of crops are to be given, whether for the past year of 1916 or for contemplated or intended crops of 1917; and whether he will take any steps to make this matter clear?


I am not aware that the form of the census return lent itself to any serious possibility of misunderstanding; but in any case the matter was put beyond doubt by a widely circulated newspaper notice issued in advance of the census date.

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