HC Deb 12 May 1938 vol 335 cc1690-1
16. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that there are fully-trained and skilled Englishmen able to determine chick-sexing, he will be prepared to reduce the number of permits of Japanese who are preventing Englishmen obtaining employment in this respect?

Mr. E. Brown

I am advised by the Ministry of Agriculture that their information does not support the view that there are sufficient British chick-sexers who have attained the speed and accuracy necessary for commercial practice; but I shall be glad to consider any information which my hon. Friend may have on the subject.

Mr. De la Bère

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that I have no quarrel with Japanese chick-sexers, but am only anxious that Englishmen should have a priority of rights, because I believe in keeping British jobs for British boys?

Mr. Brown

The hon. Member will know that it is my duty as Minister of Labour to see that the British worker does get priority, and that policy is carried out, but I must point out to him that when in 1936 the National Poultry Council arranged a chick-sexing test for British poultry-keepers, none of those who presented themselves for the test was able to pass.

17. Sir Adrian Baillie

asked the Minister of Labour what is the present number of Japanese chick-sexers now in employment in this country; and what wages they are paid?

Mr. Brown

According to the information in the possession of my Department, there are 18 Japanese chick-sexers at present employed, with permission, in this country. They are paid a salary of £1 a week, with free board and lodging, and a substantial fee is also paid in respect of each man to the Japanese Chick-Sexing Association, through which their services are obtained.