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Seasonal Labour

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

8. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received from farmers on the availability of seasonal labour; and if he will make a statement. (247635)

We have listened to the concerns expressed by the industry about shortages of seasonal labour and at the end of last year announced an increase in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme quota of 5,000 for 2009 bringing it up to 21,250.