Agricultural Wage Award

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1967.

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Photo of Sir Charles Mott-Radclyffe Sir Charles Mott-Radclyffe , Windsor 12:00 am, 29th November 1967

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what additional costs will be incurred by farmers during the current financial year as a result of the recent agricultural wage award.

Photo of Sir Charles Mott-Radclyffe Sir Charles Mott-Radclyffe , Windsor

As devaluation has produced a new situation, with a heavy increase in costs for all imported feedingstuffs and fertilisers, is not this another argument for trying to hasten the Price Review so that farmers can plan ahead with some confidence?

Photo of Mr John Mackie Mr John Mackie , Enfield East

My right hon. Friend answered the point—[Hon. Members: "No."]—he may not have answered it to the satisfaction of some hon Gentlemen opposite, but he has answered the point about an additional Price Review. The £3 million is for a short period of the financial year. For a full year it will be much more. It will only affect next year.

Photo of Mr Bertie Hazell Mr Bertie Hazell , North Norfolk

As the new wage award does not become operative until February, 1968, will my hon. Friend give consideration to an earlier date being fixed for this award?