HC Deb 19 May 1914 vol 62 cc1762-3
37. Mr. WATT

asked whether it is possible for farmers in Scotland to send to the Board of Agriculture in Edinburgh samples of their various purchases and of their soils in order to have them tested and reported on; and, if so, will he say what fee is charged for such work?


The Board of Agriculture for Scotland have recently established a seed-testing station in Edinburgh at which farmers can have samples of seeds tested at a charge of 3d. per sample. No provision has been made by the Board for the testing of other agricultural purchases or for the analysis of samples of soil. I may add that under the Fertilisers and Feeding Stuffs Act, 1906, any person who purchases articles of the character to which the Act applies is entitled, on complying with certain conditions and paying the required fee, to have a sample analysed by the county agricultural analyst.