§ 34. Mr. NOEL BUXTON
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give the number of prosecutions that have been instituted under the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Act; the amount of fines imposed; and the amount of arrears of wages recovered?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Guinness)
Seventy prosecutions have been instituted under the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Act, 1924, as a result of which fines amounting to £343 have been imposed and arrears of wages amounting to £1,180 recovered.
§ Mr. BUXTON
Does not the Minister think that, in view of the facts, there is a case for the appointment of more inspectors under the Act?
§ Mr. GUINNESS
We have now 10 inspectors, and an additional four were appointed only last autumn. We are now in a position to make test inspections in various parts of the country.