§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is satisfied that Scottish farms provide adequate living standards for both sexes for Irish workers on potato harvesting; and what steps he takes to protect their standards of living and conditions of work.
§ Mr. Ross
Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1950, local authorities are responsible for ensuring that adequate living standards are provided for workers engaged in potato harvesting. I have no reason to think that the requirements they lay down are not being generally observed, but any representations I receive will be brought to the notice of the authority concerned. As regards conditions of work, the regulations made under the Agriculture (Safety, Health, Welfare Provisions) Act, 1956, apply to Irish workers as to all other agricultural workers.