HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 c726
64. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many times from 1st June, 1942, inclusive, his Ministry has been requested by letter from the Warwickshire County Council to publish financial results of the Grassland Improvement Station, near Stratford-on-Avon; why the council was not informed until 6th November, 1944, that the original intention to publish had been abandoned; and whether he will publish forthwith.

Mr. Hudson

The reply to the first part of the Question is "five," and, to the last, "No, Sir." The reply to the second part is that it was not until about that time that the decision was taken not to issue in war-time a comprehensive review of the station's operations, including an examination of the economic aspects of some of the work.

Sir J. Mellor

While recognising the valuable work of this station, would not this result be of greater practical importance to farmers, if cost accounts were available?

Mr. Hudson

That is one of the considerations that were borne in mind in arriving at the decision that I have come to.