HC Deb 08 February 1949 vol 461 cc170-1
11. Mr. Douglas Marshall

asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of unemployed in the horticultural industry in Cornwall to the latest available date.

Mr. Isaacs

Separate figures are not available for the horticultural industry as such. The latest available figures for farm workers and gardeners are: Farm and market garden work, 89 men and 12 women and for gardening and nursery work (including job gardening) 26 men.

Mr. Marshall

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman to bring this to the notice of the Minister of Food?

Mr. Beechman

While I am obliged to the Minister for having sent me the December figures during the Recess, as I requested, since these show a noticeable increase on the September figures, would he be so good as to give this matter constant and special attention?

Mr. Isaacs

It is having consideration. The problem is that at this period of the year there is unemployment in agriculture.

Commander Agnew

Would it help to reduce the numbers of those unemployed if the Minister of Agriculture adopted a more sympathetic attitude to the request of the broccoli industry for additional protection from foreign imports?