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Harvest Work (Servicemen)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 20 May 1947

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89.

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in connection with help which is to be given by men serving in the Army to assist agriculture during the 1947 harvest, he will arrange for instructions to farmers and others requiring assistance to be broadcast by the B.B.C., as many farmers do not know what steps to take to obtain this assistance.

When civilian labour is not available farmers requiring help on harvest work from men serving in the Forces may apply direct to the local military authorities. These arrangements have been in operation for the last seven or eight years and are well known to farmers who are kept in close touch with the position by the county war agricultural executive committees. A special B.B.C. announcement, therefore, does not seem to me necessary.