HC Deb 18 March 1941 vol 370 cc11-2
24. Mr. Kennedy

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is conversant with the arrangements regarding the assistance to be given to farmers in Fife by children in the ingathering of crops; whether he is satisfied that the arrangements will permit of a continuous summer holiday for the children; whether any age limits have been fixed for the children to be employed; and whether any machinery will be devised for the adjustment of wage standards and hours of labour?

Mr. Johnston

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The arrangements made in Fife by the county council do not permit of a continuous summer holiday for the children in all schools, since, in the interests of food production, a break is necessary in certain areas; but the total period of the holiday will not be curtailed. The minimum age limit of employment is 12 years. The question of wages is for the district wages committee to consider, and maximum hours of labour are fixed by the county by-laws. I am, however, making inquiries as to wages paid to young children.

Mr. Kennedy

I take it that there is no suggestion of a shortage of adult labour in this county?

Mr. Johnston

I could not answer that Question without notice.