HC Deb 23 August 1916 vol 85 c2694W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, in view of the shortage of labour in Ireland outside the districts inhabited by migratory labourers, he will take steps to institute an efficient system whereby migratory labour could be utilised in Ireland?


I am informed that the Department of Agriculture have received no complaints which would lead them to anticipate any general serious shortage of agricultural labour in Ireland this season calling for exceptional action. There is in any case no reason to believe that Irish farmers requiring labour cannot secure it without difficulty by offering as good wages as the labourers would earn in Great Britain.