HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 cc578-9W
Colonel Burton

asked the Minister of Labour the number of agricultural workers who have been called up to the Navy, Army and Air Services, respectively; how many applications for exemption have been made; how many in each Service have been granted; and what proportion of the grants are of a temporary character?

Mr. E. Brown

It would not be in the public interest to give the information asked for by my hon. and gallant Friend in the first part of his Question. Up to 1st March, 1940, 2,750 applications were received for the release of agricultural workers from the Armed Forces. The number of men released up to approximately the beginning of March is as follows:

For a temporary period. Indefinitely.
From the Royal Navy 7 4
From the Army 774 289
From the Royal Air Force. 21 15
Totals 802 308