HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 c1922W
Mr. De Chair

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he can assure the House that, where county agricultural wages committees have been working smoothly and wages have been steadily increased as conditions in the industry permitted, their function will not be superseded by any increased powers which may be given to the Central Wages Board; and whether he will announce, rather, that only those county committees which have, in his opinion, failed to keep abreast of changing conditions shall be superseded, thereby stimulating backward county committees without penalising the enterprising ones?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

It would obviously be difficult to differentiate between counties in any legislation to amend the Agricultural Wages (Regulation) Act, 1924, but I shall be glad to bear the point in mind in the consideration of any legislative proposals.

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