HC Deb 30 October 1919 vol 120 cc934-5W

asked tie Parliamentary 'Secretary to the Board of Agriculture whether grants have been made from public funds to the Agricultural Organisations Society; if so, in what years, to what extent, and whether ear-marked for any special purposes?


Grants to the Agricultural Organisations Society have been made from public funds every year since and including the year 1909. If my right hon. Friend so desires, I shall be happy to furnish him with full particulars, but it will perhaps be sufficient if I say that last year the following grants were made to the society: £7,000 from Food Production Department funds for organising co-operation among allotment holders, £4,000 from the small holdings account for organising co-operation amongst smallholders and allotment holders, and £18,794 from the Development Fund for the general work of organising co-operation amongst farmers. In addition, the board repaid expenses incurred by the society to the amount of £1,683, in the special work of organising co-operative milk depots, which was undertaken by the society at the Board's request.