asked the Minister of Agriculture whether similar facilities for obtaining legal aid in the event of an accident are guaranteed to members of the Land Army as to members of the Fighting Forces or whether, in such circumstances, members of the Land Army are expected to rely on the support of their trade unions?
The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)
Although the special arrangements for the provision of free legal advice to members of the Forces do not apply to members of the Women's Land Army, the latter can seek the assistance of voluntary associations, such as the poor man's lawyer or the citizen's advice bureau. In addition, of course, my Department, including headquarters and county offices of the Women's Land Army, are always prepared to give all the general advice and assistance they can in cases of accident.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in a recent case no help was forthcoming from any officer of his Department?
I wrote to my hon. Friend giving a very complete list of the people to whom this girl's parents could apply for advice.