HC Deb 25 April 1904 vol 133 cc1034-5

To ask the hon. Member for North Huntingdonshire, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, if he will state for the last available year the amounts spent by the Government on agricultural education in Great Britain, Ireland, France, United States, Denmark, Holland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, together with the number of people engaged in agricultural pursuits in those countries respectively.

(Answered by Mr. Ailwyn Fellowes.) The products and requirements of the various countries named with regard to agricultural education differ very considerably, and their arrangements are of so varied and complex a character and are so interwoven with their general educational machinery that it is not practicable to give in any simple form information as to the expenditure incurred which would be of any real value for comparative purposes. Perhaps the hon. Member will take an opportunity of conferring personally with the officers of the Department concerned. They will be happy to refer him to the principal sources of information and to furnish him with particulars so far as it is within their power to do so.