asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the current position of wage negotiations between the Wages Board and the National Union of Agricultural Workers.
The Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales, on which the National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers is represented, is an autonomous body, and I am not party to its deliberations. Recent wage negotiations resulted in the board issuing an order introducing new rates of pay as from 20th January 1975. I have arranged for the hon. Member to be sent a copy.