§ Captain Plugge
asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the present membership of the Agricultural Improvement Council; and how many are whole-time?
For a list of the members of the Council I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my right hon. and Noble Friend the Member for Horsham and Worthing (Earl Winterton) on 12th June, 1941. None of the members are whole-time.
§ Sir R. Gower
asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the present authorised expenditure of the Agricultural Improvement Council in disseminating scientific and technical knowledge amongst practical farmers?
The Agricultural Improvement Council for England and Wales is an advisory body and has no funds of its own. In carrying out its recommendations use is made of the organisation and funds already existing for these purposes.
§ Colonel Carver
asked the Minister of Agriculture how often the Agricultural Improvement Council meets; and whether its proceedings are available to the agricultural Press?
There have been three meetings of the Agricultural Improvement Council for England and Wales since its formation in June, 1941. Its work has been carried out largely by a 47W number of standing and ad hoc committees which have met frequently. The proceedings of the council and its committees are confidential.