HC Deb 20 June 1932 vol 267 c776W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that the number of unemployed farm workers in Norfolk rose to 3,600 at the end of April, 1932, costing the ratepayers £70,000; and what steps he is prepared to take to enable these men to remain on the land and maintain cultivation and production for the next winter and spring?


No precise statistics are available of the numbers of farm workers unemployed, but I am aware that there has been a considerable amount of unemployment in Norfolk during the past winter. As regards the last part of the question I am hopeful that the steps already taken by the Government for assisting the agricultural industry will result in an increase in the amount of employment available,, particularly in the arable areas of the Eastern Counties.