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Agricultural Labourers (Poor Law Relief, Berwick)

Volume 155: debated on Monday 19 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the decision of the Berwick Board of Guardians that, as agricultural labourers were not covered by the Government Unemployment Insurance Scheme, they could not appeal for relief under Article 11; whether he is aware that at the same meeting a farm labourer made application for relief that the scale of relief would have amounted to 30s. 6d. per week; that it was decided by the board to give only 15s. a week; that the reason given for this decision was that the wage agreed upon, according to the finding of the conciliation committee, for a farm labourer was 32s. 6d. per week; that the members of the guardians who proposed 15s. is the leader of the farmers' side of the conciliation committee: and what steps the Ministry are prepared to take in the matter?

My attention has not previously been drawn to this matter, hut I am making inquiries and will communicate with the hon. Member.