HC Deb 18 March 1946 vol 420 cc1531-2
71. Colonel Ropner

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will postpone the increase in the rates of wages paid to prisoners of war engaged on agricultural work until he has ascertained whether the increased charge for wages may lead to a reduction in food production.

Mr. T. Williams

No, Sir. All relevant considerations were taken into account when the decision was made to increase, as from 1st April next, the charges to be made to farmers for the use of prisoner of war labour. The increase in the charge was taken into account at the recent review of agricultural prices, the results of which I announced on nth March.

Colonel Ropner

Will the Minister consider, in producing a scheme, giving some concession in the case of men who have no agricultural experience?

Mr. Williams

I think that question might be referred to the Secretary of State for War.