Seasonal Agricultural Work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 10th June 1937.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that many farms are likely to be short-handed this summer owing to shortage of casual labour for haymaking and hoeing; and whether he proposes to take any special steps to encourage unemployed persons in urban areas to take advantage of such employment in the country during the summer months?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

There are difficulties in the way of employing townsmen, unused to work on the land, for short spells of seasonal agricultural work. The Employment Exchanges, however, take and will continue to take all practicable steps to bring to the notice of suitable persons, in urban and other areas, vacancies notified for agricultural employment in districts where sufficient workers are not available locally.