Potatoes (Child Labour).

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 11th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Watkins Mr Frederick Watkins , Hackney Central

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether it is intended to use child labour for lifting potatoes; and to what extent this could have been avoided if farmers had been permitted to follow the normal procedure of riddling and despatching potatoes throughout the season?

Mr. Hudson:

Children will probably be employed in most districts to assist with potato lifting as well as potato planting. The position is not materially affected by the arrangements for the riddling and despatching of potatoes which have been adopted during the present season.