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Agriculture (Foreign Workers)

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 6 July 1950

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asked the Minister of Labour why he refused to approve the application of Mr. Muxworthy of Hill Farm, Pennymoor, near Tiverton, Devon, to employ a German, Wolfgang von Larisch, whose mother is married to an Englishman and resident in this country,. in view of the fact that the local Ministry of Labour office has been unable to provide Mr. Muxworthy with the additional assistant he requires from local sources.

Before recommending my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to agree that a foreigner admitted to this country on a temporary basis as a visitor may remain here for employment in agriculture, I must be satisfied, amongst other things, that the vacancy is for a skilled worker which cannot be filled from our own resources. My information is that Mr. Muxworthy had not notified a vacancy to my local office at the time he asked for permission to employ Mr. Larisch and has not done so since.