HC Deb 31 March 1865 vol 178 c560

said, he would beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, Whether it is the intention of Government to give effect to the Resolution of the House in favour of the collection of the Agricultural Statistics of Great Britain?


said, in reply, that the question of Agricultural Statistics had been under consideration, but it had not appeared to the Government necessary or expedient to introduce any Bill on the subject. A plan, however, had been suggested which appeared to afford a fair chance of success, by which the acreage under cultivation of different crops might be ascertained by voluntary Returns and other means; and if the preliminary arrangements should be concluded in sufficient time, the Government would be prepared to propose a Vote in the present Session to defray the necessary expenditure.