Farm Workers (Food) (Hansard, 22 March 1951)
HC Deb 22 March 1951 vol 485 cc2579-80
53. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware of the strain now imposed on the health and strength of farm workers resulting from lack of meat and other sustaining food; and if, in the interests of full production in agriculture, he will consult with the Minister of Food to ensure that farm workers obtain as good food as miners and other heavy workers who have the use of canteens.

Mr. G. Brown

My right hon. Friend is fully aware of the circumstances of the agricultural industry, and I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on this subject to the hon. Member for Huntingdon (Mr. Renton) on 19th March.

Mr. Hurd

Would the hon. Gentleman take the opportunity of the Easter Recess to see what these farm workers have to take out with them for their mid-day meal—a bit of bread, a scrap of margarine, jam or fish paste? It is really not enough.

Mr. Brown

I do not think that I myself or my right hon. Friend is in need of any instruction from the hon. Gentleman on this matter.

Sir H. Williams

Will the new Order relating to cheese, which, I think, was notified yesterday, have any adverse effect on agricultural labourers, or are they exempt from the cuts to be imposed on the rest of us?

Mr. Brown

The farm workers' supplementary allowance of cheese is distinct and quite apart from the general ration.

Major Sir Thomas Dugdale

Although the hon. Gentleman may not want advice, the point is that no action has been taken. Will he look into the matter, which is becoming very serious?

Mr. Awbery

Is my hon. Friend aware that the general position of agricultural workers today at £5 a week is far better than it was in the days of Tory Governments at 30s. a week?