§ Mr. SCOTT
asked the Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department, as representing 255W the Forestry Commissioners, whether he is aware that the Forestry Commission on its Scottish estate pays its workers only agricultural wages of about 9½d. an hour or barely £2 a week, and that they receive none of the ordinary perquisites which farm workers receive; and whether he will therefore be prepared to consider favourably the raising of the rate of wages for these workers?
§ Mr. W. R. SMITH
I have been asked to reply. The Forestry Commission pays its forest workers the local agricultural wage except where the work is done at piece rates which enable the men to earn more. They are prepared to look into the matter from the point of view suggested by the hon. Member.