HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 c30W
112. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Labour why agricultural workers who are over 18 years of age may not take a one-year course at a farming institute without losing their deferment, when deferment is granted to students in forestry when taking a similar course.

Mr. Isaacs

In 1946 agricultural workers were only granted deferment if actually employed in food production. A special exception, however, was made for boys who entered a farm institute for a twelve months' course and could complete it within three months after becoming 18. Arrangements have not yet been made for the farm institute course which will begin in October, 1947. There are no comparable arrangements for the deferment of young forestry workers.