Agricultural Labourers (Wages and Hours).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Walter Halls Mr Walter Halls , Heywood and Radcliffe

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asked the Minister of Agriculture how many agreements have been arrived at concerning wages and hours of agricultural labourers under the new scheme of conciliation; and in how many cases the farmers' side have agreed to the same being registered?

Sir A. BOSCAWEN:

The number of areas in England and Wales in which the agricultural conciliation committees have made agreements is 50, and in five areas agreements have been submitted to me for confirmation. The number of agreements in operation at present is 44, of which three are confirmed agreements.

Photo of Mr Walter Halls Mr Walter Halls , Heywood and Radcliffe

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that for the last few weeks in Lancashire hundreds of labourers have been locked out for refusing to accept the 54 hours' week, and does he not see that if he had continued the Wages Board he would have prevented the possibility of that happening?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That is a matter for debate.