HC Deb 31 May 1916 vol 82 c2748W
Major HUNT

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether, in view of the difficulties of obtaining sufficient labour for the hay and corn harvest, he could see his way, by legislation or otherwise, to compelling employers of men servants engaged in unproductive work to release them for a fortnight during the hay harvest and a month during the corn harvest for the purpose of assisting the farmers to harvest their crops?


I think that the best way of securing the object which the hon. and gallant Member has in view will be by the action of War Agricultural Committees whose members have great influence among their friends and neighbours. I am sure that they will do their utmost to secure the temporary release of all available men, women, and children, for the ingathering of the harvest.