HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc497-8
28 and 29. Mr. STRANGER

asked the President of the Board of Education, as representing the Minister of Agriculture, (1) whether His Majesty's Government intend taking any, and what, steps to ensure for the agricultural worker a minimum wage of 30s. per week;

(2) what the attitude of His Majesty's Government is to the re-establishment of national wages boards for agricultural workers?

Colonel GIBBS

With the permission of the hon. Member I will answer together Questions 28 and 29. As was announced in His Majesty's Gracious Speech, the Government propose to summon a conference representative of all agricultural interests and of the various political parties with the object, inter alia, of securing an adequate wage for the agricultural worker. Until such a, conference has taken place, it seems undesirable to prejudge its conclusions.


Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman see that, pending the summoning of this conference, all reductions of wages to agricultural workers are suspended?

Colonel GIBBS

I will call my right hon. Friend's attention to that point.

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