Gangmasters (Licences)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr George Mackie Mr George Mackie , Caithness and Sutherland 12:00 am, 25th November 1964

Yes; the Act was brought into force nearly 100 years ago and there probably is a case for review. It was brought in originally to ensure that gang-masters in these areas were responsible people, whether male or female, to hire children, young persons or women with a view to their being employed in agricultural labour on lands not in their own occupation. If there were any need for a review, the local authorities which have the job of licensing these people would have brought it to the notice of my Department. So far they have not done so.