HC Deb 21 July 1959 vol 609 cc1059-60
36. Mr. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland by how much has productivity increased in agriculture in the last eight years; and what is the corresponding increase in the average earnings of the general worker.

Lord John Hope

Productivity in Scottish agriculture, as measured by the value of net output per man, increased by 69 per cent. from 1950–51 to 1958–59. In the same period the earnings of general agricultural workers increased by 65 per cent. and of all adult male agricultural workers by 68 per cent.

Mr. Hamilton

In view of those figures, will the hon. Gentleman take urgent steps to ensure that wages keep pace with productivity, in line with the Government's policy?

Lord John Hope

They have just about done so in this case.