§ MR. TAPLING (Leicestershire, Harborough)
asked the noble Lord the Member for Lewisham, Whether the Government intend to persevere in their scheme of dairy schools; whether the attention of the Government has been drawn to the exceptional claims of the County of Leicester as a great grazing county in a very central position; and, whether the Government will consent to the principal dairy school being established in the County of Leicester?
§ VISCOUNT LEWISHAM (Lewisham)
The hon. Member probably refers to the recommendation of the Departmental Commission on Agricultural and Diary Schools, that a central school should be 399 established for Great Britain at the sole cost of the State. It has already been explained that the Government have not come to any decision on this point; but that they have decided to make a grant, during the present year, of £5,000 in aid of dairy or agricultural schools, or lectures established by local effort and found, on inspection, to be doing useful work. If any such school or system of lectures should be established in the County of Leicester during the current year an application for a portion of the grant in aid will be considered.