§ 44. Mr. LAMBERT
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will take steps to ascertain the number of unemployed agricultural workers at the present time in England and Wales?
§ 57. Mr. W. B. TAYLOR
asked the Minister of Agriculture what machinery exists to provide a record of unemployed farm workers; and, if not, what steps can be taken to ascertain them?
§ Mr. N. BUXTON
Owing to the non-inclusion of agricultural workers in schemes for insurance against unemployment, no machinery exists for obtaining exact statistics of the number of unemployed in the industry.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
Could the right hon. Gentleman give an approximate estimate of the number of unemployed agricultural workers?
§ Mr. BUXTON
I am obtaining the information that can be obtained from the unions concerned, but exact statistics are not available.
§ Mr. LAMBERT
When does the right hon. Gentleman think that this information will be available to Members?
Has the right hon. Gentleman decided to take crofters into the Unemployment Insurance Scheme?
§ 58. Mr. TAYLOR
asked the Minister of Agriculture when the Unemployment Insurance Bill for farm workers will be introduced?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Miss Bondfield)
I have been asked to reply. The Departments concerned have this matter under consideration, but I cannot at present say when it will be possible to lay proposals before the House.