Women Workers (Wages).

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture. – in the House of Commons on 7th July 1942.

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Photo of Mrs Beatrice Rathbone Mrs Beatrice Rathbone , Bodmin

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is yet in a position to report on the investigation he promised into the minimum wage rates of women agricultural workers other than the Women's Land Army?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

My right hon. Friend is afraid he is not yet in a position to add anything to the answer he gave my hon. Friend on 7th May.

Photo of Mrs Beatrice Rathbone Mrs Beatrice Rathbone , Bodmin

Is the Minister making any investigations in accordance with the promise he gave to me in reply to a Question some weeks ago, and, if, so, are these investigations proceeding quickly, and will he -be in a position to make a statement soon?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

My right hon. Friend is in consultation with the Minister of Labour and National Service and other interests involved, and hopes to be able to make a statement shortly.

Photo of Sir Percy Hurd Sir Percy Hurd , Devizes

What is the reason for the delay; what is the difficulty?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

The problem requires discussion, and that involves delay.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the House is getting rather impatient, and cannot he give more information?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

I have already explained that my right hon. Friend is discussing this matter with the Minister of Labour and other interests, and, hopes to be able to make a statement shortly.

Photo of Mrs Beatrice Rathbone Mrs Beatrice Rathbone , Bodmin

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Ministry are pleading for help for the harvest and that the present position is very unsatisfactory to the women who are working, and that the quicker this matter is settled the quicker the harvest will be got in?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

That problem is constantly before my right hon. Friend.

Mr. De la Bère:

Why not jog up the Ministry of Labour, which needs jogging up?