§ Mr. TURNER
asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of persons employed in agriculture in 1851 and in 1921?
§ Mr. WHEATLEY
It is regretted that precisely comparable figures are not available. Accordirg to the 1851 Census, 1,712,739 persons in England and Wales over ten years of age were either occupied in agricultural occupations or had retired from such occupations. The number of retired included in that figure is not, however, known. At the 1921 Census, 1,254,000 persons over 12 years of age were enumerated in England and Wales as occupied in agricultural occupations, while 54,899 were also enumerated as having retired from such occupations.