§ Mr. Mainwaring
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what changes have taken place in the number of wage earners employed in agriculture during each of the last five years.
§ Mr. John Hare
The following table gives the number of workers returned as employed on Agricultural Holdings in the United Kingdom from June, 1952, to June, 1957.
the grading weight; and to what extent this fact is taken into account in his official calculations of the numbers of pigs per week being graded at bacon factories in this country.
§ Mr. John Hare
At bacon factories there are two ways in which pigs can be 57W certified for the guarantees, by grade and deadweight or by ordinary deadweight. The producer must declare the type of certification he requires on his entry form. Pigs entered for certification by grade and deadweight are first weighed and then graded. If their weights are above or below the grading weight range—normally 6 sc. 15 lb. to 9 sc.—they are not graded. The numbers are recorded according to the different grades and weight ranges. The figure of 49,732 represents the number of pigs certified at bacon factories in Great Britain in the week ended 12th January. Of these, 42,000 were within the grading weight range, compared with 41,000 in the corresponding week of last year.58W
Figures for the two preceding months, with corresponding figures for the previous year, are as follows:
PIGS CERTIFIED BY GRADE AND DEADWEIGHT AT BACON FACTORIES WITHIN THE RANGE 6 SC. 15 LB. TO 9 SC. (DEADWEIGHT) Week Ended 1956–57 1957–58 ('000 head) ('000 head) 10th November 55.4 63.0 17th November 51.1 59.9 24th November 53.4 56.3 1st December 51.7 54.2 8th December 49.1 52.6 15th December 49.3 49.3 22nd December 56.4 57.0 29th December 80.0 75.3 5th January