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Reference MAF 59/12
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Staff files
Former Department Reference EP. 1515
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, Wages and cost of living
Document Types Memoranda, Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Breconshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hereford, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Kenya, Monmouthshire, New Zealand, Oxfordshire, Radnorshire, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
Organisations Agricultural Executive Committees, Committee on the Employment of Women in Agriculture, HM Treasury, National Farmers' Union, Women's Land Army, Women's Timber Corps

Description

A file containing documents relating to the staffing and administration of the Women's Land Army in the post-war years. Documents in the file include correspondence and memoranda establishing and discussing policy; lists of county staff and their wages; a letter from a regional branch of the National Farmers' Union; and an extract from a parliamentary debate on the cost of the Women's Land Army. Topics covered in the documents include the future of the organisation and the length of time for which it will run; difficulties with filling vacancies resulting from resignations; and negotiations with the Treasury and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries regarding wage increases. Other topics discussed include the issuing of travel warrants to employees invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace; confusion over employees' entitlement to leave; and a document entitled "Women's Land Army National Charter", which demanded certain conditions for members of the organisation.

Keywords

accommodation, administration, agricultural production, agricultural workers, agriculture, civil service, clothing, employment, female labour, finance, holidays, hostels, labour supply, local authorities, part-time employment, post-war planning, recruitment, reserve stocks, royalty, statistics, surplus, transportation, unemployment, uniforms, vocational training, volunteers, wages, welfare, women's auxiliary services, working hours

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