School Children and Students (Employment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Minister of Agriculture the number of children of school age who were employed upon agricultural work in the years 1940 and 1941, respectively, together with the number for these years from the universities, secondary and private high schools?

Mr. Hudson:

I regret that the information desired by the hon. Member is not available.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

The information must be of considerable public interest. Surely we can have it in due course. Will the Minister obtain it?

Mr. Hudson:

The difficulty is that a very large number of the children concerned do a great deal of work on the farms by private arrangement with the farmers, and we have no record at all.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Will the right hon. Gentleman answer the first part of the Question?

Mr. Hudson:

No, there is no record of that either.