HC Deb 06 November 1929 vol 231 cc1039-40

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the proposed school of tropical veterinary medicine, recommended by Lord Lovat's Committee, will now be established; and what steps are being taken to improve the recruitment and training of veterinary officers for service under Colonial Governments?


A decision on the recommendation of Lord Lovat's Committee on the Colonial Veterinary Services for the establishment of a School of Tropical Veterinary Science was deferred until the Report of the Departmental Committee on the reconstruction of the Royal Veterinary College at Camden Town was available. This Report has now been issued, and the question will be further considered in the light of the recommendations contained in it. It is hoped that it will be possible to bring the proposed Colonial Veterinary Scholarship Scheme into operation next year. All the Colonial Governments which were asked to contribute towards the expenditure involved have agreed to do so, and the Colonial Development Advisory Committee are now considering an application for a grant from the Colonial Development Fund to meet the one-third of the annual cost of the scholarships which was the portion that Lord Lovat's Committee recommended should be provided from United Kingdom funds.