HC Deb 19 February 1918 vol 103 cc623-4W

asked the Minister of National Service whether he is aware that contractors for Government work, who through the profitable nature of their contracts are able to pay wages quite outside the range of agricultural wages, are inducing agricultural workers to leave the land, thereby to a certainty decreasing the home production of food; and whether this practice, that has been continuing for some time, will be checked by legislation or administrative action?


I beg to refer my right hon. Friend to the answer given yesterday by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Air Board to the hon. and gallant Member for Epping.

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