Interviews with various farmers (one 89 year old), Ware, Hertfordshire.
Agricultural bill - Interviews with farmers.
MS. John Parsons surrounded by crowd of people at bar of pub. MS. He interviews man: J.P. Well, how do you feel about the new deal for farmers? Man: Well I should like to know what's going to happen with the guaranteed prices when overseas start sending cheap food into this country. J.P: That's quite a point sir, and you? Man: I think the general principle of it will be accepted by the farmers. J.P: Thank you very much. Man: I think if they stick to the prices that they do fix it will be quite a good thing for us. J.P: Thank you sir. SCU. Man: I think the agricultural policy's alright but I'm afraid when we get competition in about 2 years time from the foreigners it won't work. (Parsons takes mike to another man). Man: My opinion is about the agricultural bill that it's alright if it stays where it is and prices remain the same, especially potatoes. MS. Parsons with group of farmers at cattle market. MS. Starts interviews. Man: The great feature of the new agricultural bill is that it provides for the farmer a market for his produce at a price at which he can live, pay good wages to his men and be assured that the agricultural industry will not suffer the same as it did after the 1914-18 war. J.P: Thank you very much sir. MS. Man: I think it's a very good bill if administered by the right people, and we have guaranteed labour. Man: As a railway service representative I'm rubbing shoulders with farmers every day and it's just what they've been waiting for. Man: I think it will be a good policy if we can get the labour to carry it out. J.P: Thank you very much indeed. Man: I think it's a very good policy and will be a success if it's administered by the right people and we have guaranteed labour. Man: As a railway service representative and visiting all markets every week, this is just what they've been waiting for. Man: I think it's a good policy provided we get the labour to carry the job out. (Scene 7 repeat of Scene 6.) MS. Exterior view of pub the White Hart. SCU. Doorway of pub. MS. Parsons interviewing people at bar. J.P: Well what do you feel about the new agricultural bill that the Government's going to pass? Man: I think it's a good idea because if the farmer's guaranteed a good wage for their produce he'll be able to maintain farm labour and pay good wages. SCU. J.P: and what about you Bert? Bert: I think it will be a very good thing sir.. (unintelligible) they're paying 3/6d a quarter more for wheat today than what they were 3 months ago. J.P: What about you Jack. What was it like when you worked on the land? CU. Jack: Well I used to like working on the land very well indeed, always did like it. J.P: How much did you get a week Jack? Jack: 17/-d a week I had. J.P: How many children did you keep on that? MS. Jack: I had 8 children to keep.. J.P: 8 children? Jack: 8 children. J.P: And what time did you start work? Jack: I started work at five o'clock in the morning with the horses to see after them see. J.P: And finished? Jack: And finished at 5 at night. SCU. J.P: Well now Jack how old are you? Jack: Me? 89. J.P: 89. Well this is a wonderful evening. We'll have 3 more pints. CU. Barmaid talking: There's one thing about this bill, if we get more barley we'll get more beer. (General chatting to finish).
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