§ Mr. T. WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Agriculture in how many counties agricultural labourers' wages were reduced, or hours increased, during the years 1932 and 1933; and in how many counties were wages increased, or hours decreased, during 1934?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
During 1932, 19 of the 47 agricultural wages committees reduced the minimum rates of wages for adult male workers and five committees increased the hours on which the weekly minimum wage was based. During 1933, 10 committees reduced the minimum rates and two increased the weekly hours. Since 1st January, 1934, 15 committees have increased the minimum rates of wages for adult male workers and eight other committees have issued proposals for increases; six committees have decreased the weekly hours and one other committee has issued a proposal to that effect. In addition to the above, two committees have both increased the rates and reduced the weekly hours.