HC Deb 01 August 1935 vol 304 c2848

asked the Lord President of the Council whether he can give a table showing the comparable sums allocated by the Privy Council to the work of industrial and agricultural research, respectively?

The LORD PRESIDENT of the COUNCIL (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

The figures for which my hon. Friend asks are as follow:

1935 Estimates.
Scientific and Industrial Research 599,177
Agricultural Research 404,141
The first of the figures quoted above is the Estimate for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (including the Geological Survey of Great Britain and the Museum of Practical Geology) for the year 1935. The second figure is the provision for Agricultural Research made on the Votes for the year 1935 for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, and Scientific Investigation, etc. (Subhead Q, Agricultural Research Council).


While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his very informative reply, may I ask him whether the proportions given in these figures relative to the number of people employed in the industries do not disclose that agriculture is getting a much bigger share for research than is industry?