HC Deb 14 December 1922 vol 159 cc3144-5

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can make any statement, however inexact it may necessarily be, of the amount of unemployment in agriculture in the Eastern counties generally, in the agricultural counties of Scotland, and in Norfolk?


I have been asked to reply. From such information as is at my right hon. Friend's disposal, there is at present no abnormal unemployment among regular farm workers in the eastern counties generally, or Norfolk in particular. Such unemployment as exists is believed to be mainly amongst unskilled and casual labourers. With regard to Scotland, reports received on 1st December indicated that the supply of labour was more or less in excess of requirements in practically every part of that country. Considerable numbers are reported to be unengaged in Aberdeen, Kincardine, Inverness, Nairn and Ross, but no estimates of the actual numbers involved are available.