§ 48. Mr. STOURTON
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give the information in his possession as to the approximate number of Northern and Southern 1966 Irishmen who came to this country during the current year for employment in agriculture or are still so employed; and if, on account of the unemployment in that industry and the cost of granting relief to those displaced, he intends to take steps to prevent further displacement of British labour by Irishmen?
§ Major ELLIOT
As to the first part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to the question he put on the 20th October. As regards the second part, as was stated by my predecessor in reply to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk North (Mr. T. Cook) on the 30th June, every effort has been made by my Department in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour and with the full cooperation of the National Farmers' Union, to call the attention of farmers to the facilities offered by the Employment Exchanges for the supply from their registers of any seasonal labour required.