HC Deb 23 March 1971 vol 814 c228
6. Mr. Mudd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he proposes any changes in the functions of his Department's experimental husbandry stations; and whether he is satisfied that their organisation is consistent with the new advisory objectives of the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the functions of the experimental centres are consistent with the objectives of the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service, but he will, of course, keep their work under review.

Mr. Mudd

Would my hon. Friend accept that his answer will give partial satisfaction to the industry, but the right to review the situation must continue to cause a certain degree of alarm?

Mr. Stodart

I can only repeat that we shall keep the work of the institutes under the most careful review. Their aims—to provide information for advising officers and farmers, and for development under local conditions work which is done elsewhere—we regard as of the greatest importance.