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Farm Workers (Seasonal Allowances)

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 4 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Food if he is aware that there was considerable dissatisfaction last summer over the method of issuing the seasonal rations to farm workers; and what plans he has made to bring about improved arrangements for this summer.

The method of issuing these seasonal allowances was discussed with the Advisory Committee of the T.U.C. last summer and I have now arranged that applications shall in future be accepted not only from an employer but from his nominee, from a representative of the workers or from any other responsible person, such as a union official acting on their behalf. It will still, however, be necessary for the employer to certify the application. A new pamphlet setting out these arrangements has been sent to the trade unions concerned and to local food offices for distribution to farmers and their employees.