HC Deb 26 April 1948 vol 450 c8W
Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Agriculture for what reason he has recently removed from county agricultural executive committees those members who have hitherto represented independent scientific opinion; and what arrangements will be made henceforward to ensure that county agricultural executive committees have adequate scientific advice of an independent nature.

Mr. T. Williams

Changes in the constitution and functions of county agricultural executive committees brought about by the Agriculture Act have, unfortunately, made it impossible for me to find room on the new committees for all the scientists who served on the war committees, though I am glad to say that there are still a number of committees which contain an agricultural scientist. Committees are at liberty to invite scientists to serve on their sub-committees; and many of them have done so. As a result, several scientists who were formerly on executive committees are now serving on sub-committees, so that their advice is still available to committees. Further, the National Agricultural Advisory Service and the other technical services of my Department are available to provide committees with scientific advice and guidance.