HC Deb 28 October 1952 vol 505 c202W
Mr. M. Lindsay

asked the Minister of Agriculture by approximately what percentage have home food production and farm labour increased and decreased, respectively, compared with 20 years ago.

Sir T. Dugdale

I regret that there are no statistics of total agricultural output for 1931 or 1932 in a comparable form to those for 1951–52, but it is estimated that over the 20 years there has been an increase in net output of the order of 50 per cent. in the United Kingdom.

The total number of all persons employed as farm workers in Great Britain decreased by 0.7 per cent. in the same period. The reduction for regular male adult workers has been 2.6 per cent.