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Reference MAF 59/11
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Staff files
Former Department Reference SE. 23830A
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Rationing and Supply, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Agriculture and food supply, Central and local government, Post-war planning
Document Types Memoranda, Official Correspondence, Press Summaries and Publications
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Balcombe, Chelmsford, Harrogate, Lincolnshire, London, Northamptonshire, Uxbridge, Winchester, Yorkshire
Organisations Auxiliary Territorial Service, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, Women's Land Army, Women's Royal Naval Service, Young Women's Christian Association
Acknowledgement
Article(s) from Farmers Weekly © Farmers Weekly/Reed Business Information.

Description

A file containing documents relating to the staffing and administration of the Women's Land Army, including material covering the post-war period. Documents in the file include correspondence and memoranda establishing and discussing policy; lists of county staff and their wages; and a clipping from Farmers Weekly and a Hansard extract on the expenses of the organisation. Topics covered in the documents include recommendations for posts in the Women's Land Army; making The Land Girl an official publication and the resulting changes to staffing; the question of whether employees should be considered "temporary civil servants"; and requests for salary increases. Other topics discussed include the use of first-class travel by certain employees of the Women's Land Army; salary levels after the headquarters moved from Balcombe to London, and then back again on account of flying bomb raids; the decline in volunteer numbers as a result of the end of the war; and the reorganisation of staffing.

Keywords

accommodation, administration, agricultural workers, agriculture, air raids, allowances, civil service, clothing, coupons, employment, female labour, finance, flying bombs, hotels, labour shortages, labour supply, minimum wage, recruitment, trade unions, transportation, uniforms, volunteers, wages, women's auxiliary services, working hours

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