HC Deb 04 December 1911 vol 32 c1025

asked whether any paragraph of Schedule I, Part II., of the National Insurance Bill is applicable to hop-pickers and their employers, where the pickers carry on their employment in families or groups, which may vary from day to day, by picking into one basket, are paid by results, and where the custom of the locality is not to fix the price per bushel of hops until the end of the hop-picking period?


The liability of the employer depends upon the question whether there is a contract of service. It is not clear whether such a contract exists in the case mentioned between the hop-owner and every member of a family occupied in the manner described.