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Agricultural Efficiency

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in order to increase the efficiency of the agriculture industry, he will set up an inquiry to consider the measures that would be necessary to encourage skilled workers to remain in the farming industry.

No. In 1977 the Agriculture EDC issued a report "Agriculture into the 1980s—Manpower". This concluded that manpower was unlikely to present a major constraint to the industry achieving its objectives in the period under review. I see no reason for a further inquiry at this stage.