HC Deb 02 July 1931 vol 254 c1464
74. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for Scot-land whether he has any estimate of the number of agricultural workers unemployed in Scotland at present?

The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Mr. William Adamson)

The answer is in the negative. There are on the live register at the various Employment Exchanges in Scotland 644 men and 65 women describing themselves as agricultural workers, but these figures cannot be regarded as giving any reliable guide to the extent of unemployment in agriculture.

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

How are these agricultural workers living in the meantime?


In view of the fact that these figures are very necessary, would not the right hon. Gentleman at least approach both the trade unions and the employers concerned to see if they have any reliable figures?

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY

Are these people entitled to poor relief as able-bodied poor?


They are entitled to apply for poor relief.