HC Deb 06 December 1951 vol 494 cc299-300W
Mr. Bartley

asked the Minister of Labour how many agricultural workers have been taken into His Majesty's Forces since 1st October, 1951, up to the most convenient date; and to what extent the evidence in his possession shows that such loss of manpower has seriously aggravated the manpower problems in the agricultural industry.

Sir W. Monckton

Between 1st November (when the calling-up of men affected by the termination of the general suspension of the calling-up of agricultural workers began) and 30th November, 1951, 2,978 agricultural workers were posted to the Forces. I have no evidence that the calling-up of these men out of the 900,000 male workers (including working farmers) regularly employed in agriculture, has had any appreciable effect on the manpower problems of the industry.