HC Deb 17 July 1941 vol 373 c753W
Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for War whether farmers will be expected to pay wages for soldiers engaged for day or week-end work on the harvest?

Captain Margesson

I assume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the arrangements by which soldiers may assist farmers in the areas in which they are stationed on days when they are not required for military duties. In such cases the soldiers concerned continue to draw their normal Army emoluments and Army rations, but the farmer is charged by the Army a sum equivalent to the rates normally payable for such work, less the cost of any liquid refreshment supplied by him. This charge is recovered from the farmer through the county war agricultural committee.