HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 c31
60. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he contemplates extending the provisions of the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Acts to include private gardeners; or what steps he is taking to raise the wages of this latter class.

Mr. T. Williams

I have noted the point for consideration in connection with the Government's proposals to amend the Acts in other directions. As regards the latter part of the Question, I have no powers in regard to the wages of private gardeners.

Mr. Collins

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many of these men are tied to their employment so long as there is a cottage attached to it, and are receiving only 50s.a week? Will he take some steps in the matter?

Mr. Williams

I am afraid that the only power which I possess is in regard to the Agricultural Wages Regulation Acts, which do not apply to private gardeners.