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Harvesting Operations (Children)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of the labour shortage in agriculture, she will instruct local education authorities to give all assistance possible in gathering the 1946 potato harvest.

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture has asked me, and I have agreed, to invite local education authorities to continue for 1946 arrangements similar to those which have been made for this year to enable school children to assist in urgent seasonal agricultural operations for which no other labour can be made available. I shall be communicating with local education authorities on the matter in due course.