HC Deb 28 March 1938 vol 333 cc1621-2
34. Mr. T. Williams

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many agricultural labourers were employed, on the average, during the years 1931–32 and 1936–37?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The average number of agricultural workers in England and Wales in 1931 and 1932, as recorded in the June returns received from occupiers of holdings over one acre in extent, was 707,044. The corresponding figure for the years 1936 and 1937 was 636,115.

Mr. Williams

Are we to take it that we are producing more food in this country with 65,000 fewer labourers?

Mr. Morrison

Perhaps the hon. Member will look at the reply I am circulating. The general inference is, I think, true.