HC Deb 10 April 1907 vol 172 cc202-3
MR. J. MACVEAGH (Down, S.)

To ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade whether he can state the last available figures as to the average rate of weekly wages paid to agricultural labourers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland respectively, with the highest and lowest average weekly earnings in each country.

(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) The latest available figures are contained in the Second Report on Wages and Earnings of Agricultural Labourers [Cd. 2376], and relate to the year 1902, but information furnished to the Department by correspondents from time to time since that year tends to show that, in 1906, wages were generally at about the

England. Wales. Scotland. Ireland.
s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d.
All classes of agricultural labourers (including ordinary labourers and men in charge of animals) 18 3 17 3 19 3 10 11
Ordinary agricultural labourers only 17 5 17 7 19 5 10 9

In the case the of the ordinary agriculture labourers the following statement shows

Highest. Lowest
s. d. s. d.
England Durham 22 2 Oxford 14 6
Wales Glamorgan 21 3 Cardigan 15 8
Scotland Renfrew and Lanark 22 2 Shetland, Orkney, and Caithness 13 7
Ireland Down 13 0 Mayo 8 9
* These averages relate to able-bodied male adults. They do not include the earnings of stewards, bailiffs, foremen, or casual labourers.