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Farm Workers

Volume 437: debated on Monday 12 May 1947

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42.

asked the Minister of Food whether the special food allowance extended to farm workers for seasonal tasks will be continued throughout the summer, having regard to the impossibility of foreseeing any slackening in work between now and the harvest.

No, Sir, except for the seasonal occupations for which they are ordinarily available. We have already extended these allowances till the end of May and they will be restored for the harvest.

Having regard to the fact that agriculture is as important as the mining industry, and bearing in mind that the miner gets three or four times as much coal as the British housewife, would the right hon. Gentleman consider allocating three or four times more food to farmers and agricultural workers?

The hon. and gallant Gentleman should not forget that, in the case of cheese, the agricultural worker already gets six times more.

43.

asked the Minister of Food for what reason food executive officers are refusing to issue for the month of May special rations for farm-workers intensively engaged in overtaking arrears of seasonal work.

I know of no instance of their doing so, but if the hon. and gallant Member will let me have details of any case, I will look into the matter.