§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that, following a visit from one of his wage inspectors to a farm at West Tanfield, Ripon, where he discovered that the workers were underpaid, the farmer immediately gave notice to the underpaid labourer; whether the farmer has been prosecuted for evading the law; and what was the result of the prosecution?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
I am aware that in the case to which my hon. Friend refers, one of two workers who were found to be underpaid was subsequently dismissed. Proceedings were not taken against the employer for contravening the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Act, since the circumstances did not appear to warrant such a course; the arrears of wages were paid in full.