37. Mr. FRANK OWEN
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade as representing the Forestry Commissioners, if the Forestry Commissioners intend to raise the wages of forestry workers above the minimum now paid to the workers privately employed by farmers?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. W. R. Smith)
The whole question of the wages and conditions of service of the Forestry Commission's workers is under consideration.
§ Mr. BUCHANAN
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in Scotland the Forestry Commissioners are paying shocking wages to the people in their employ?
Is it proposed by the Forestry Commission that the men employed by them shall be regarded as being employed in an insured occupation?
Mr. F. OWEN
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that at the present moment forestry workers are paid, many of them, about 31s. per week, that they have to provide all their tools which amount to about 40s. or 50s., and that when they lose time in the woods it is not made up to them?