HC Deb 08 November 1944 vol 404 c1374W
Mr. Chater

asked the Minister of Agriculture the numbers of workers, male and female separately, employed in agricultural production in the year 1938–39 and the numbers employed at the latest available date.

Mr. Hudson

The total number of persons employed, regular and casual, recorded in the June Agricultural Returns for England and Wales amounted to 526,094 males and 67,029 females in 1938 and 534,107 males and 73,022 females in 1939. These figures do not include farmers, smallholders and their wives, domestic servants and children still at school. With regard to more recent figures I would refer the hon. Member to my reply on 3rd November to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Howdenshire (Colonel Carver).