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Notes and Notions. 4

Farmers and the War.


Builth Rural Tribunal. I

IMr. Sidney Robinson, W.P.

IRural District Council.I

I National Service


I National Service I Conference at Brecon. I REPRESENTATIVE GATHERING. An important conference (convened by Mr Owen Price, as acting-chairman of the Breconshire County Council) of chairmen and clerks of Breconshire urban and district councils and political agents, was held at the Shire Hall, Brecon, on Friday to consider arrangements for the Government's National Service Scheme. I Among those present we Mr Owen Price (chairman), Mr John Rowland, M.V.O., Commissioner for Wales, Prof. Joseph Jone.s (sub-Gommissioner for Breconshire and Radnorshire), Messrs. W. S. Miller, Thos. Vaughan (Criekhowell), Wm. Williams (Mayor of Brecon), G. Hyatt Williams (Brecon), W. H. Gimbtett (Brynmawr), D. J. Davies (Va.ynor and Penderyn), Dd. Lewis (Ystrad- gynlais), J. V. Taylor (Ystradgynlais), T. Maund (Brecon), F. Bailey (Brynmawr), Hugh W. Jones (Bryn- mawr), D. Gibson Harris (Brynmawr), Wm. Thomas (Talgarth), James Gunter (Glasbury). Dd. Morgan (Hay), T. Pugh (Builth), Jas. Carey (Llanwrtyd), Samuel Griffiths (Llanwrtyd), Gilbert Eadie (Builth Wells), W. W. Lennivrd (Builth Wells). E. D. Protliero (Rhayader). W. T. Life (Brecon) and H. F. W. Harries (clerk to the Breconshire County Council). The Chairman, at the outset, read letters dealing with the scheme from Lord Rhondda and Mr Neville Cham- berlain, and said that he saw by the local Press that the Sub-commissioner had set to work and considerable pro- gress had been made as regards initiating the work in Brecon and Radnor. As to what were the terms and conditions of service, they had not received any de- finite instructions; such as whether pérú were to give solely their whole time or part time to the work. and whether men who joined for part time service could do without risk of being called up for whole time service. Mr John Rowland then addressed the meeting, and made suggestions for the appointment of a central committee and the delegation of work to district com- mittees. Replying to Mr H. F. W. Harries as to what were the functions of such a County Committee, Mr Rowland said it was necessary to appoint a responsible bgdy for the conduct of the campaign in that area. Once th.^ central or county committee was formed, the great work would devolve upon district committees, for such work must be done locally. After further discussion it was decided to form a cen- tral committee, consisting of representatives of the County Council and the chairmen and clerks of district councils, with power to add t.o their number. It was left to the district councils to form the local commit- tees. Ystradgynlais Colliers. I The Chairman said he had received a letter from County Councillor T. Prosser Jones (Ystradgynlais), whom he had asked to be present at the conference, peeially since lie represented labour. Mr Prosser Jones wrote "I very much regret being unable to respond to your appeal to attend the meeting on Friday. I may, however, be allowed to state that I am in sympathy with your objects, and would support any movement locally to organise the forces of labour to the best ad- vantages in the present crisis. What possible could be done? -Most of the colliers in the Ystradgynlais area are working short time, and the prospects are not very promising. I would suggest a joint meeting of employ- ers and employees, with a view to working the col- lieries, say. three, or four days, each week, releasing the men for the remainder of the week. Some of the men would be glad to avail themselves of the opportunity to take up farm work, while the mines are idle, if em- ployment could be secured somewhere between Cray an,1 Brecon town. Arrangements to take the men to and from work would have to be made. Councillor Beckwith and other members of the council would be the best authority on that point." Mr Rowland said the scheme at present only provided for whole time service.- Mr James Gunter and the Chairman said much might be done with part time service, but in rural districts they.did not see that many volunteers could be obtain- ed for whole time. Mr Gunter also thought the better body to deal with the scheme were the local tribunal, awl not, the district councils. Mr W. S. Miller said he was much of the same opin- ion, but as loyal subjects they were anxious to further the scheme as far as possible, and they could set up the organisation. Some of them were very far from be- ing sanguine of the success of the scheme in the rural districts, but they must do the best they could. Per- sonally, he did not know of a single individual who could be spared from where he was at present, whilst in the towns every fit man had been sought out by the military authorities and others and had gone. Xot- withstanding, they hould set up the machinery, and by all means follow the example of other counties. It was a very awkward thing for a man to sign the form unless he clearly understood the position. He felt very strongly that there were a great many men in the position to giw two or three half days a week either for military training. or national service of any kind that could be put in their way, assuming that his service could be accepted in that form, but the whole time men, as far as he knew Breconshire, were compara- tively few in number. A considerable number of questions were asked Mr Rowland, the most important being as to who should decide whether a man who volunteered was better em- ployed in his present situation or elsewhere? Mr Rowland replied that machinery would be set up for dealing with that matter. Replying to a question as to whether colliers and persons engaged in what were con- sidered indispensable work should be asked to volunteer, he said it was made clear that all men from the ages of 18 to 61 are expected to enrol. Mr Rowland made an eloquent appeal on behalf of the scheme, and Prof. Joseph Jones, in an address said he felt with others that the Government might have given them a little more information before they started, but when they got those instructions he felt sure Brecon- shire and Radnorshire would respond as one man. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr John Rowland ant! Prof. Jones.

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