§ Major Ramsay
asked the Minister of Labour why soldiers given short periods 1942W of leave for agricultural purposes are penalised by forfeiting one group number for every two months of such leave; and whether he will consider remitting this penalty in the case of agricultural leave in view of the national need for this work.
§ Mr. Ness Edwards
Agricultural leave is normally given for a period of up to 28 days, but in certain circumstances an extension may be given up to a further 28 days. Such periods of agricultural leave are not regarded as breaks in military service and do not, therefore, affect a soldier's age and service group.