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Harvest Workers

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour in view of the shortage of labour in agriculture, if he will speed up the release of farm workers to ensure the gathering in of the corn, sugar-beet and potato crops.

Increased facilities have been granted for farm workers serving in the Forces to obtain leave or temporary release in order to assist in gathering the crops. In addition, men in the Forces, not necessarily ex-farm workers, are being made available to help with the harvest in their locality. It is not, however, proposed to release farm workers in Class B for the purpose of increasing the labour force available for dealing with the harvest.