§ 64. Mr. J. Hill
asked the Minister of Labour if he will publish figures showing the numbers and proportion of applicants engaged in agriculture who have been granted deferment from National Service and to indicate the effect of the extension in October, 1955, of the grounds upon which deferment may be claimed.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Up to the end of 1955, the Agricultural Advisory Panels and National Service Deferment Boards had dealt with 51,086 first applications for the deferment of agricultural workers born on or after 1st January, 1933; in 45,027 or 88.1 per cent. of these cases deferment was granted. For the quarter ending 31st December, 1955, the proportion of cases in which deferment was granted was 94.2 per cent.