Agricultural Workers (Sickness Benefit Scheme)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd February 1965.

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Photo of Mr Derek Page Mr Derek Page , King's Lynn 12:00 am, 3rd February 1965

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he intends to introduce legislation to empower the Agricultural Wages Board to introduce a sickness benefit scheme for agricultural workers.

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

This matter is under consideration but I am not yet able to make a statement.

Photo of Mr Derek Page Mr Derek Page , King's Lynn

Does my hon. Friend agree that farm workers have a right to expect a sickness benefit scheme? Is he aware that they are looking to him for the very earliest action in this respect?

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

Yes, I am perfectly aware of that. We made this pledge during the election and we have every intention of carrying it out.

Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this pledge was made, well in advance of the election, by the Chief Secretary as long ago as last Whitsun? Has not the time come to implement it?