HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 cc147-8W
Mr. Sharp

asked the Minister of Agriculture what approximate amount of labour, by nationalities, is now under the control of county agricultural executive committees; and what were the corresponding numbers six months and 12 months ago.

Mr. T. Williams

Following is a table setting out the number of agricultural workers under the control of C.A.E.C.'s in England and Wales:

31.3.47 At 30.9.47 31.3.48
British 33,453 34,920 34,605
Polish 2,592 2,645
European Volunteer Workers 8,858 15,144
German civilians 7,654
Total 33,453 46,370 60,048
PRISONERS OF WAR 101,645 104,003 16,370

The figures for prisoners of war show the total working strength available to committees, and include both regular and seasonal workers. The other figures exclude seasonal workers (e.g., persons attending volunteer agricultural camps, Service personnel, etc.), for whom work is arranged by C.A.E.C.'s, but who are not actually in C.A.E.C. employment.