HC Deb 13 July 1914 vol 64 c1520W

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether the Board of Agriculture are now spending any of their funds in providing technical instruction in dairying and other branches of agricultural work through the means of farm schools and institutes; and, if not, whether, in view of the success which has attended such work in Ireland as carried on by the Irish Department of Agriculture, and also in considering that £300,000 has been assigned by the Development Commissioners for similar work in England, he will now take steps to carry on in Scotland similar beneficial work?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. With regard to the second, the Board are convinced of the necessity for the provision of agricultural instruction through the medium of farm schools and institutes, and made application last year for a Grant from the Development Fund in aid of the institution of two such schools in Scotland. The Development Commissioners have not, however, been able to see their way to recommend the application, but the Board have still the matter under consideration.