§ Mr. W. R. SMITH
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture whether his attention has been drawn to a case at Laugharne, Carmarthen, on 12th May, where a farmer was prosecuted for continuing to underpay a worker in his employ after having been convicted of paying him at less than the minimum rate, when the Bench inflicted a fine of 5s.; and if he will consider the advisability of amending the Corn Production Act so that more adequate penalties may be inflicted?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
The attention of the Minister has been called to the case referred to. The Corn Production Act provides adequate penalties, but the amount of the penalty imposed in any 427W particular case rests in the discretion of the magistrates.