HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 cc2329-30
36. Mr. MILLAR

asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health whether, in view of the heavy drop in the wages of agricultural workers in Scotland during the past year, and the absence of any satisfactory machinery for the adjustment of a fair minimum wage, he is prepared to introduce legislation on the subject?

Captain ELLIOT

I would remind the hon. and learned Member that the Farm Servants' Union have stated that they do not desire any action to be taken by the Board of Agriculture in connection with the provisions of Section 4 (1) of the Corn Production Acts (Repeal) Act, 1921. My Noble Friend is not prepared to introduce further legislation on the subject.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that extreme hardship has been suffered by many agricultural labourers in Scotland, and that they have not equal bargaining power with the employer in the matter of wages?


The hon. Member is arguing the question.