§ 84. Mr. Swingler
asked the Minister of Labour what was the average net monthly increase in the number of agricultural workers during the calendar year 1947; what was the increase during January and February, 1948; and what special steps he is taking to attract more workers into agriculture in order to achieve the end-1948 manpower figure in Table XXI of the Economic Survey for 1948.
§ Mr. Ness Edwards
It is estimated that during 1947 there was an average net increase of 750 civilian workers a month in agriculture. The average monthly increase for January and February, 1948, is estimated at 2,500. In reply to the last part of the Question I would refer my hon. Friend to paragraphs 161 to 163 of the Economic Survey for 1948.