63. Mr. Baldwin
asked the Minister of Agriculture how many Italian prisoners of war are employed in the agriculture industry in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively.
§ Mr. T. Williams
The numbers of Italian prisoners of war employed in agriculture on 31st October were 49,000 in England, 9,000 in Scotland, and 5,500 in Wales.
§ Earl Winterton
Has the right hon.Gentleman received representations from a number of war agricultural committees that, before these prisoners are withdrawn from work, they shall be given reasonable notice by his Department? Is he prepared to act on those representations?
§ Mr. Williams
I can assure the Noble Lord that reasonable notice will be given before Italians are withdrawn.
§ Mr. Butcher
Will the right hon. Gentleman try to withdraw English agricultural workers from the. Armed Forces and get rid of these Italians?