HC Deb 08 July 1918 vol 108 cc48-9W

asked the Minister of National Service if he is aware of the calling up for military service of Mr. Fred Gerry, of Germansweek, Devon, who is the owner and occupier of a farm of 50 acres, of which 20 acres are in hay and corn, with 20 bullocks, 67 sheep, and 2 working horses on the farm; is he aware that Gerry's only help on the farm was a man already taken for the Army and a sister, and if the taking of Gerry ii persisted in the farm will become derelict; and will he take steps to have the calling-up notice withdrawn?


Inquiries are being made, and I will inform the hon. Member of the result.


asked the Minister of National Service whether he will cause the calling-up notice dated the 29th June last and served on or after that date on W. M. Muir, a skilled labourer on the farm of Maxwood-by-Galston, Ayrshire, to be cancelled or made inoperative till after the harvest, in pursuance of the statement recently made to the effect that such notices served on skilled agricultural labourers after the 26th June would be treated as invalid?


I am making inquiries into this case, and will see that the hon. Member is informed of the result. I may say, however, that if, as stated, Muir is a skilled agricultural labourer, engaged whole-time On agricultural work, any calling-up notice for military service, the date of issue of which was 29th June last, in his case would certainly be invalid.