HC Deb 19 October 1950 vol 478 cc259-60W
46. Mr. Mitchison

asked the Minister of Agriculture how the number of volunteers under the Volunteer Agricultural Camp Scheme compares with previous seasons; what is the approximate cost per head of feeding them; and whether he will consider some additional expenditure in order to provide more variety in the food and encourage volunteers to come again next year.

Mr. G. Brown

The bookings of volunteers at Volunteer Agricultural Camps in 1950 are equivalent to 113,500 weeks as compared with 129,000 weeks in 1949; the small reduction is due to a decrease in the need for their help during the summer months. The approximate weekly cost of food at wholesale prices, exclusive of catering services, is 14s. per person. I have no evidence that the existing standard of feeding is keeping volunteers away.