HC Deb 01 March 1951 vol 484 cc2295-6
60. Mr. Gooch

asked the Minister of Agriculture what progress has been made with the consideration of the Gowers Committee's report on health, welfare and safety in non-industrial employment so far as the committee's recommendations relate to agriculture; and whether it is intended to promote legislation in respect of those workers not yet covered by the Factories Act.

Mr. T. Williams

Substantial progress has been made with the examination of the Committee's recommendations in regard to agriculture, but I cannot at present make any statement regarding legislation.

Mr. Gooch

Does not my right hon. Friend appreciate that, with the increase of mechanisation in farming, this matter becomes increasingly urgent and will he hasten to act upon the Committee's recommendations?

Mr. Williams

I quite appreciate the urgency of the matter; that is why it is under very active consideration.