Forest Workers.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Mr Morgan Price Mr Morgan Price , Forest of Dean

asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken to provide a supply of forest workers for Forestry Commission and private estates; and whether the Employment Exchanges are able to assist owners requiring this class of labour?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am not aware of any substantial unsatisfied demand for forest workers, if, as I assume, my hon. Friend is referring to persons engaged in the care of growing timber, and not in connection with timber felling.

Photo of Mr Morgan Price Mr Morgan Price , Forest of Dean

Is it possible for owners to get the services of some of the Norwegian labour which is here now?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am afraid that I cannot take the Norwegian labour off the duties it is now performing, especially having regard to the interests of our export programme.