HC Deb 04 December 1952 vol 508 c1734
11. Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many agricultural institute places are available to students within his area of responsibility; how many of these are vacant this year; and to what he attributes the reason for the vacancies.

Sir T. Dugdale

Out of 1,930 places, 390 are vacant. Some of these vacancies are undoubtedly due to the call-up, but there may also be some lack of knowledge of the training offered at farm institutes, particularly in counties where institutes are new.

Commander Maitland

Will my right hon. Friend consult his colleagues to see whether deferment could be granted to enable the young agriculturist to take advantage of this very valuable course and to permit an increase in agricultural production?

Sir T. Dugdale

Those consultations are now taking place.

Mr. Peart

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether local authorities are cutting down grants for students to agricultural colleges?

Sir T. Dugdale

No, Sir.