HC Deb 01 December 1967 vol 755 cc205-6W
Mr. Mackintosh

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what are the latest statistics of the loss of manpower in agriculture; whether this is above or below the rate of loss forecast in the National Plan; and what plans he has to retain sufficient manpower to permit an expansion of agricultural output.

Mr. John Mackie

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 29th November to the hon. Member for Clitheroe (Sir Frank Pearson). Latest statistics show that there has been a decline in the rate of outflow of regular workers in the past year. Manpower is one of the many factors affecting the expansion of agricultural output which is taken into account at each Annual Review.—[Vol. 755, c. 426.]