HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 c185
8. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of registered unemployed farm workers in Cheshire at the latest convenient date.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

Forty-three at 15th March.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Why are these men unemployed? Has the right hon. Gentleman discussed the matter with the Minister of Agriculture?

Mr. Isaacs

They are unemployed because nobody happens to want them, but it is likely that they are now in employment.

Mr. Fernyhough

Is it not true that some of these men have been unemployed because farmers do not agree with their activities within their trade union? Have not some men been victimised?

Air-Commodore Harvey

Is the Minister aware that the great shortage of houses for farm workers is the real difficulty?