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Harvest Camps

Volume 439: debated on Monday 23 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Agriculture the present total of persons who have enrolled for work in his Department's camps during the coming harvest; and whether he is satisfied that at the present rate of enrolment there will be sufficient workers to deal with the harvest.

Bookings for the earlier part of the season have been encouraging; 52,000 volunteers had enrolled by 31st May, as against 36,000 at the same date in 1946. Bookings for September-November, while better than last year, were only 9,000, and while the supply of labour for the harvest should be generally adequate, I should be glad to see many more volunteers in the later months.