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Agricultural Workers (Call-Up)

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 27 March 1952

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he will simplify the conditions under which agricultural workers may be deferred from National Service as set out in his Department's circular PL 341.

I have already simplified these conditions as announced in answer to Questions by the hon. Member for Norfolk, North (Mr. Gooch) and my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Norfolk, Central (Brigadier Medlicott) on 28th February last. Certain other points are still under consideration.


asked the Minister of Labour how many agricultural workers from the West Riding of Yorkshire were called up for National Service during 1951.


asked the Minister of Labour how many farm workers have been called up in Wales at the last convenient date; how many applications for deferment under the new call-up arrangements have been received; how many have been rejected; and what periods of deferment have the others received.

Up to 29th February, 1952, 203 had been called up. Up to the same date 1,540 applications for deferment under the new arrangements were received, of which 59 have been rejected. Deferment has been granted in 1,046 cases, the periods being as follows:

Up to 3 months64
3 to 6 months709
Over 6 months273
435 cases were still under consideration at 29th February.