§ 51. Major Legge-Bourke
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many provincial conferences of the National Agriculture Advisory Service are planned to take place over the next six months; what will be the respective cost of each; how many will attend each, respectively; what their subsistence and travelling allowances will cost; how many hours of advisory work 159W will be lost; how many officials from his Department in London will attend; the cost of their doing so; and what representations he has received with regard to the holding of these conferences, and why they are to be held.
Provincial conferences of the N.A.A.S. are held on the average every two or three months at the provincial centres. They are attended by senior provincial officers and county agricultural officers but not as a rule by headquarters officers. The proceedings normally last for a day and the average cost is in the neighbourhood of £30. These conferences are necessary for the efficient running of the Service and I have received no representations about them.