HC Deb 07 November 1911 vol 30 cc1473-4

asked whether the establishment of a farm institute with the help of grants from the Development Fund was contemplated in any area other than the counties of Somerset and Dorset, and, if so, where; and whether, in view of the desirability of making the farm practice at the institute typical of the agriculture of the district, and of the fact that peculiarities of soil, cropping, and climate are not coterminous with county boundaries and administrative county or group of counties would always be treated as the area for such institutes?


I do not yet know in what areas farm institutes will be established, as education authorities have been asked to defer making applications to the Board of Education for Grants-in-Aid of such institutes until the detailed Regulations for the distribution of such grants have been issued. These Regulations will, I hope, be issued at an early date, think that it may be desirable that an institute should, in some cases, be planned for an area determined by differences in agricultural methods rather than by administrative boundaries.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a farm institute is contemplated for the counties of Somerset and Dorset; and has the Board approved such institute?


I am aware that in these and other cases there is a movement in the direction of establishing institutes; but I have nothing to add at present to the answer I have given.