HC Deb 12 October 1943 vol 392 cc730-1W
Lieut.-Colonel Wickham

asked the Minister of Agriculture, what arrangements exist for the assistance of members of the W.L.A. who become involved in sickness or accident?

Mr. T. Williams

Employed members of the Women's Land Army are, like other agricultural workers, insured under the National Health Insurance Scheme so that, in the event of sickness, they qualify for benefit at the appropriate rates; and a Land Army member who is injured as a result of an accident when at work is entitled to the compensation provided under the Workmen's Compensation Act's. All Land Army members who work away from home are recognised as eligible for hospital treatment, should this be necessary, under the Emergency Hospital Scheme for transferred war workers. In addition, the Women's Land Army Benevolent Fund, to which the Government has made a substantial contribution, exists to provide additional financial help where expensive medical treatment or a long period of convalescence is needed after illness or accident, or where circumstances of special hardship exist.

Mr. Riley

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether Miss Amelia King of the John Scurr House, Stepney, has now been accepted into the W.L.A.; and whether she will be entitled to receive and wear the land army uniform?

Mr. Williams

I am expecting that the enrolment of Miss Amelia King in the Women's Land Army will be effected this week, and as soon as she is drafted to employment she will receive and will be entitled to wear the Women's Land Army uniform.