HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 c27W
Mr. D. Williams

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many Italian prisoners of war are now employed in British agriculture; how many of these are employed in Wales; and if he now has a statement to make about the future use of this kind of labour.

Mr. T. Williams

The number of Italian prisoners of war working in agriculture in Great Britain at the end of December, 1945, was 54,300, of whom about 5,400 were employed in Wales. Italian prisoners will continue to be employed in agriculture until they are repatriated, and I expect that at least an equivalent number of German prisoners will become available in their place to help in achieving our food production programme.