§ 75. Mr. Swingler
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will make a statement on the development of agricultural education, particularly in relation to the future of the Farm Institutes and the National Advisory Service of his Ministry.
§ Mr. Collick
My right hon. Friends the Ministers of Education and Agriculture recently sent local authorities a joint circular, of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy, explaining the respective functions of the county agricultural education service, for which those authorities are responsible, and of the National Agricultural Advisory Service, and suggesting means by which the necessary close co-operation betwen the two services should be effected. The subject of farm institutes is being considered by the Joint Advisory Committee on Agricultural Education, and my right hon. Friends expect to receive their report before the end of this year.