Women's Land Army

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Mr. Hudson:

The position of members of the Women's Land Army is altogether different from that of members of those women's services which are in State employment and there cannot, therefore, be similar conditions of work. I can see no objection to the raising of a Women's Land Army benevolent fund. Members of the Women's Land Army and their dependants will be able to receive assistance from this fund in cases of special hardship in the same way as do members of the Forces and their dependants from the various charitable and benevolent funds established for their benefits. Generally speaking, members of the Women's Land Army work under the ordinary conditions of employment which apply throughout the agricultural industry. They have precisely the same rights to pay during sickness and to benefit under the National Health Insurance schemes as are enjoyed by other civilian agricultural workers.