HC Deb 06 March 1924 vol 170 cc1628-9W

asked the Minister of Agriculture if any trials have been made to determine the value of Nauru phosphates for agricultural purposes in England; and, if so, what conclusions have been reached?


Yes, Sir; trials to test the value of Nauru phosphate have been conducted in a number of centres during the last three years. In the first season conditions were unfavourable. The results obtained in the second season were not conclusive, and in the last the results are not yet fully available. I should explain that in any case the value of raw phosphate cannot be satisfactorily determined until after several seasons, but as soon as any conclusive results are obtained I will have them published.