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SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS SCHEME

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2269: tabled on 04 April 2019

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 18 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that the UK successfully operated a Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme from 1945 until 2013; regrets the decision of the previous coalition Government to close that Scheme; further notes that many sectors in agriculture and horticulture are reporting acute difficulties recruiting labour for the 2019 harvest with fewer migrant workers returning to the UK; welcomes the decision of the Government to pilot a new Seasonal Workers Scheme but notes the urgent nature of the current labour shortage facing horticulture; and calls on the Government to immediately increase the size of the pilot for 2019 from 2,500 to 10,000 places, and to take immediate steps to convert the pilot into a fully operational Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme for the 2020 year with a minimum quota of 30,000 places for non-EU citizens.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.