HC Deb 21 July 1930 vol 241 cc1733-4
37. Brigadier-General BROWN

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many county demonstration farms are there which obtain grants from the Ministry of Agriculture; how many of these farms

Financial Position.
County. Farm. Year ended 31st March, 1929. Year ended 31st March, 1928.
Deficit.* Deficit.*
England. £ £
Cheshire Reaseheath 1,370 2,948
Cumberland Newton Rigg 348 575
Durham Houghall 1,083 1,926
Hampshire Sparsholt 785 1,712
Hertfordshire Oaklands 2,165 1,848
Kent Grove End 988 1,280
Lancashire Hutton 3,281† —†
Lincs. (Holland) Kirton 977 2,114
Northamptonshire Moulton 1,024 1,280
Northumberland Cockle Park 691 323
Somersetshire Cannington Court 437 2,962
Staffordshire Rodbaston 1,918 3,173
East Sussex Wales 1,607 1,653
West Sussex Kingsham 1,890 551
Yorkshire Askham Bryan 2,848 3,184
Caernarvonshire Madryn 244 611
Carmarthenshire Pibwrlwyd 1,590 1,763
Denbighshire Llysfasi 2,300 2,375
Flintshire Padeswood 394 360
Glamorganshire Tregroes 92 543
Monmouthshire Usk (Profit) 97 1,112
* After taking into account expenditure on experimental work, etc.
† Until the current year Agricultural Education in Lancashire has not been aided by grants from the Ministry.

are run on commercial lines; and how many of them show a profit or a loss?


There are 21 county demonstration farms in England and Wales which are aided by grants from my Department. As a general rule these farms serve the purpose of educational institutions and, as such, incur heavy charges in respect of educational and experimental work which do not fall on the ordinary commercial farm. In reply to the last part of the question I propose, with the hon. and gallant Member's permission, to circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Brigadier-General BROWN

What is the good of demonstration farms showing the farmer how to farm unless they can show him how to make them pay, and will the right hon. Gentleman pay more attention to the costings of these farms in future?

Following is the statement: