HC Deb 04 December 1952 vol 508 cc1730-1
3. Mr. Peart

asked the Minister of Agriculture the reasons for the recent decline in the number of regular workers employed in agriculture; and what steps he is taking to remedy this position.

Sir T. Dugdale

The main reasons for the decline since 1949 have been the keen competition for labour from other industries, and since November, 1951, the call-up of young farm workers.

I am watching the position very closely and shall do my utmost, with the help of my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Labour to meet any serious difficulties as they arise.

Mr. Peart

Is the Minister aware that the Chancellor of the Exchequer said in a recent debate that the decline was attributed to mechanisation, and would he correct his colleague's misapprehension?

Sir T. Dugdale

I cannot add to the answer that I have given.