HC Deb 30 May 1930 vol 239 cc1642-3W

asked the Minister of Agriculture, to what extent his Department is co-operating with the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust; and what results have been obtained?


The chief direction in which the Carnegie United Kingdom Trustees may be said to be co-operating with my Department is in connection with the activities of the National Council of Social Service, and of the Rural Community Councils which have been set up in a number of counties under its aegis. Grants have been made by the trustees towards the work of the National Council itself, and for the establishment of Rural Community Councils. Grants have been made from the Development Fund through the Ministry to these latter councils in connection with the development of rural industries. A sum of money has been placed at the disposal of the National Council by the trustees to enable grants to be made, subject to certain conditions, towards the erection of village halls, to supplement the loans which are made by the National Council out of monies placed at its disposal from the Development Fund. The trustees have also made a grant to the National Council in aid of the Young Farmers' Club Movement, which is now organised by that Council, and in respect of which the Council also receives a Government grant. It is not possible, within the limits of a reply to a question, to give an account of the results obtained, but, if the hon. Member so desires, I shall be pleased to supply him with further particulars.