HC Deb 17 July 1918 vol 108 cc1063-4W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction which exists regarding the manner in which county agricultural committees discharge their duties; whether he is aware that recommendations to call up men engaged in agriculture are often left entirely to the secretary and the military representative, who may be ignorant of and frequently do not inquire into the circumstances of the individual cases; and whether, in the national interests, he will take immediate steps to have, where necessary, more independent committees appointed?


No, Sir. I am not aware that such dissatisfaction exists. On the contrary, I know that the agricultural executive committees have rendered most valuable service, and I am not prepared to accept my hon. Friend's suggestion that there is need for fresh appointments on the ground that the committees have failed in their duty. With regard to the procedure in connection with the calling-up of men engaged in agriculture, I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the hon. and learned Member for the College Division on the 27th of June.