HC Deb 02 May 1938 vol 335 cc501-2
27. Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Minister of Agriculture the average wholesale price of poultry feeding stuffs

Monthly Average Wholesale Prices of Certain Descriptions of Poultry Feeding Stuffs.
Month. Wheat.(a) Oats.(a) Maize, Argentine.(b) Bran,British.(b) Weatings.(b) Fish Meal. (b)
Per cwt. Per cwt. Per cwt. Per ton. Per ton. Per ton.
s. d. s. d. s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
March, 1937 9 0 8 2 6 3 8 0 0 8 1 0 15 6 0
March, 1938 7 9 8 5 7 7 8 0 6 7 19 6 15 12 0
(a) Average prices returned at markets scheduled under the Corn Returns Act, 1882, and the Corn Sales Act, 1921.
(b) Average prices at wholesale markets at Bristol, Hull, Liverpool and London. Prices are ex mill or store, and for bran, weatings and fish meal, relate to quantities of not less than two tons.
37. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to the employment of Japanese for chick sexing; and whether he can give any information as to the conditions of their employment in this country?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Lennox-Boyd)

I have been asked to reply. A number of permits for the employment of Japanese nationals, skilled in chick sexing, have been granted in recent seasons, after consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture. Twelve such permits have been granted since November last, each for a period of six months, as it is understood that there is still a lack of British subjects who have attained the standard of proficiency necessary for commercial practice.

Mr. De la Bère

Is my hon. Friend aware of the very unfortunate terms of employment of these Japanese, and that the rate of payment the Japanese themselves receive is a very fractional part of the whole sum paid to the poultry industry; and does he not think more inquiry necessary?

in March, 1937, and March, 1938, respectively?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

As the reply consists of a table of figures, I propose, with my hon. Friend's permission. to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

Do the prices show any fall?

Mr. Morrison

There has been a fall in the case of wheat and certain other commodities.

Following is the answer:

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have no information on the subject of the conditions of labour being unsatisfactory, but my hon. Friend will be interested to know that the high degree of skill which is necessary and the requisite lightness of touch are found, it seems, more often among Asiatics than among Europeans.

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