HC Deb 12 December 1955 vol 547 cc818-9
45. Mr. Grant-Ferris

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as representing the Lord President of the Council, if he will give an assurance that the funds available or allocated for the present work on expansion of the Animal Health Research Centre, Compton, Berkshire, will be fully maintained.

Mr. Amory

I am informed by the Agricultural Research Council that the present level of expenditure on their field station at Compton represents the minimum which they intend to maintain. The provision of funds for the further expansion of the station is at present under consideration.

Mr. Grant-Ferris

Could my right hon. Friend inform his noble Friend the Lord President of the Council that this answer will give great satisfaction to the agricultural interests concerned, especially to those sheep breeders who, through this terrible disease of scrapie, have lost the whole of their exports?

Mr. Amory

I will see that my hon. Friend's remarks are brought to the attention of my noble Friend.