HC Deb 11 March 1908 vol 185 cc1507-8

To ask the hon Member for South Somerset, as representing the President of the Board of Agriculture, whether any new farm schools or institutes of the type of the Hampshire Farm School at Basing or the Ridgmont Agricultural Institute in Bedfordshire have been started or placed on the grants list during the last two years; and what is the present number of school-gardens provided for elementary secondary, and evening schools, respectively; and in how many of such school gardens are arrangements made for fruit cultivation as well as gardening.

(Answered by Sir Edward Strachey.) No farm institutes of the type referred to by my hon. friend have been established within the last two years. The question of their possible extension is engaging the careful attention of the Agricultural Education Committee. Arrangements for the provision of school gardens are made by the Board of Education, and, perhaps, therefore my hon. friend will address his other inquiries to my right hon. friend.