HC Deb 30 January 1930 vol 234 cc1201-2W

asked the Minister of Labour whether she has taken, or is prepared to take, special measures to ascertain the amount of unemployment among agricultural labourers in each county in England, Scotland, and Wales?


I have been asked to reply. As stated in my reply to the hon. Members for South Molton (Mr. Lambert) and Grantham (Sir V. Warrender) on 27th January, there is no machinery at present in existence for obtaining statistics of the number of unemployed agricultural workers. The Government do not propose to adopt any special measures for obtaining, at the present time, detailed statistics on the subject, but I am arranging to receive from outdoor officers of the Ministry reports as to the extent of unemployment in their respective areas.