HC Deb 16 December 1946 vol 431 c1609
68. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many proposals for the establishment of new farm institutes have received his approval during 1946; and what progress has been made towards instituting a farm institute in every county in England.

Mr. T. Williams

As a report on farm institutes from the Joint Advisory Committee on Agricultural Education making recommendations for future development, is expected by the end of the year, I have restricted my approval of proposals submitted by individual authorities during the year to those, numbering eight in all, in which places may be required to meet short-term ex-Service training needs. There are 18 farm institutes in England and Wales and proposals for an additional 11 have been authorised this year and last on the basis indicated. The extent to which the general long-term objective to which my hon. Friend refers is attainable during the next few years is a question on which I am awaiting the guidance of the Joint Advisory Committee.