HC Deb 15 November 1926 vol 199 cc1558-9W
Brigadier-General BROWN

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many counties have demonstration farms; whether these farms showed a profit or loss in 1925; what were the profits or losses; and whether the Government or the ratepayer makes good any losses?


Seventeen counties in England and Wales have demonstration farms, all of which made a loss in 1925. Details are given in the attached table. These losses include loan and landlords' charges which do not appear in an ordinary trading account, and they would be considerably reduced if figures representing fair rents were substituted for these charges. Moreover, it is important to remember that for experimental and educational purposes, much work is done on these farms which would not be done on an ordinary commercial farm, and materially adds to the cost of conducting them. If the Ministry is satisfied, after considering reports on the farms and investigations of accounts by its technical officers, that these losses are reasonable, two-thirds of the losses are borne by State funds and the remaining one-third by the rates.

The following is the table of losses on County Educational Farms:

Country. Farm. Loss (including subsidiary accounts and experimental work).
Cheshire Reaseheath 3,703
Cumberland Newton Rigg. 678
Durham Houghall 3,019
Hants Sparsholt 627
Herts Oaklands 3,221
Kent Grove End 1,689*
Lines (Holland) Kirton 1,852
Northants Moulton 870
Northumberland Cockle park 694†
Somerset Cannington Court. 2,094
Staffs Rodbaston 2,035
Sussex East Wales 1,718
Sussex West Kingsham 223‡
Yorks Garforth 1,658
Caernarvon Madryn 594
Carmarthen Pibwrlwyd 2,520
Denbigh Llysfasi 2,158
Glamorgan Tregroes 339
Monmouth Usk 261
* Loss is likely to be reduced by additional receipts on sale of hops.
† Excludes grant (£350) to Armstrong College.
‡ Loss includes £201 experimental work not included in the Trading Account but excludes profit £2,012 on the Capital Account.

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