HC Deb 21 February 1917 vol 90 c1350W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, having regard to the low scale of wages paid to agricultural labourers in Ireland and the prospective dearness of food, he will make arrangements, where they form a cooperative society for the purpose, of taking conacre land to the extent of one acre each for the production of corn, and that the local authority will be supplied with and empowered to lend on hire motor tractors or such other machinery as may be required for its cultivation, together with an advance for the purchase of seed?


Motor tractors and machinery are hardly suitable for the tillage of labourers' plots Each labourer should be able to till his plot with the help of his family and the means locally available for ploughing.