§ Mr. G. ROBERTS
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture the number of farm colonies established by the Ministry; the number of ex-service men and others settled thereon; and how many contain a central farm organised and equipped for the training of men with a view to their becoming farmers or smallholders?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
The number of farm settlements is 14 and the settlers number 706; of these 531 are ex-service men and 14 are ex-service women. Seven settlements at present contain a central farm. The purpose of the latter is not, however, to train men, as all settlers are required before admission to have sufficient experience or training to manage a small holding or to undertake other farm work.