HC Deb 04 May 1925 vol 183 cc615-6W

asked the Minister of Agriculture the amount contributed annually by the British Government towards the upkeep of the International Institute of Agriculture at Rome; what steps are taken by the permanent British representative on the governing body of the Institute to disseminate amongst British farmers serviceable information in respect to agricultural developments abroad; whether the British representative furnishes an annual Report on the agricultural situation abroad and its possible reactions upon British agriculture; and, if so, how copies of the Report are made available?


The grant to the International Agricultural Institute varies slightly according to the rate of exchange, but has amounted to about £2,900 a year on the average for the past three years. The Institute publishes two quarterly Bulletins dealing with economic and technical questions respectively as well as a monthly Bulletin dealing with International crops. In addition, information as to the crop situation is published in the Press at frequent intervals. It is not the practice for the British representative to supply reports separately from those published officially by the Institute.

year and for the year ended 31st March, 1914?


The approximate numbers of letters, postcards, printed papers and newspapers delivered during the years 1913-14 and 1923-24 are as follows: