HC Deb 24 February 1948 vol 447 cc322-3W
99. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the shortage of mole catchers in Ayrshire, and what steps he intends taking to prevent their calling up for military service.

Mr. Woodburn

Yes, and as a measure of assistance my Department's pest-control staff in that county is being increased. Deferment of call-up for military service, however, is a question for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour, but mole catchers are not included in the special arrangements made for agricultural workers.