Wages

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons on 20th January 1944.

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Photo of Sir Adrian Baillie Sir Adrian Baillie , Tonbridge

asked the Minister of Agriculture, if he will give an estimate of the cost of increasing the wages of agricultural workers from 60s. to 65s. a week; and the relative figure put before him by the farmers.

Mr. Hudson:

The estimate I made was £9,500,000. The National Farmers' Union have not put any other figures before me and I understand that they accept my estimate.

Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon

Was that for a full year?

Mr. Hudson:

Yes, that is for a full year. It takes account of the estimated increase of earnings of all classes of workers other than farmers and their wives, and there is an additional £5,500,000 for a full year in respect of the increase granted in respect of overtime rates.

Photo of Mr Christopher York Mr Christopher York , Ripon

That makes £14,500,000?

Mr. Hudson:

£15,000,000.