HC Deb 11 March 1924 vol 170 cc2130-1
80. Mr. WRIGHT

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he will explain why, in the recent allocation of grants by the Scottish Board of Agriculture, £3,500 was granted to the Edinburgh Veterinary College and only £100 to the same work in Glasgow; and will he state on what basis these grants are made?


As the reply is a long one, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

I would refer my hon. Friend to my replies to the hon. Members for the Bridgeton Division and for North Lanark on the 26th February and the 4th March. The grants in question made from the Corn Production Acts (Repeal) Act, 1921, were for different purposes. £3,500 was paid to the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh, in March, 1923, to liquidate a bank overdraft. Grants for the same purpose of £1,325 in October, 1920, and £271 in March, 1923, were made from other funds to the Glasgow Veterinary College. The grant of £100 to the Glasgow Veterinary College was made in 1923 to equip a laboratory urgently required because of the temporary occupation of part of the college buildings by the Animal Diseases Research Association. These grants, which are over and above an annual contribution made by the Board for maintenance expenditure at each of the colleges, were made with due regard to the amount of the funds available and to the present urgent needs of the institutions concerned.