§ Mr. LUNDON
asked the Food Controller if he will state when the Central Agricultural Advisory Committee was constituted; on what basis was it formed; whether English farming interests are represented on the committee by any persons outside of officials of the Board of Agriculture, and, if so, to what extent; what representation Irish interests have on the committee; what are the names and addresses of the Irish representatives; whether any of them are unconnected with the Irish Department of Agriculture; and, if so, at whose suggestion were they appointed?
§ Mr. CLYNES
The Central Agricultural Advisory Council was constituted early in July and held its first meeting on 16th July. Its constitution is based upon electoral representation,i.e., the principal agricultural societies in the United Kingdom, including the Royal Dublin Society, were asked to elect representatives to serve on the Council. The Royal Dublin Society have appointed Mr. B. H. Barton, of Straffan, co. Kildare, and the hon. Member for Fermanagh. In addition to these Gentlemen the Irish Department of Agriculture have nominated eight representatives, all of whom I understand to be unconnected with the Department. I will send the hon. Member the names and addresses of these gentlemen if he so desires.