HC Deb 01 May 1956 vol 552 c30W
86. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the capital outlay on each of the experimental husbandry farms established in England and Wales and their net running costs.

Mr. H. Nicholls

Details of the cost of capital development and running of each experimental husbandry farm in England and Wales are given in the following table. Column I shows the total capital outlay including the cost of acquisition and subsequent improvements, machinery and equipment, etc., from the date of establishment to 31st March, 1955. Column II shows the net surplus (+) or deficit (-) for the financial year ended 31st March, 1955, including the pay and expenses of technical and other staffs before providing for capital depreciation and other notional charges.

Experimental Farm Column I Column II
£ £
Bridget's, Winchester, Hants 142,552 +5,830
Cuckoo Pastures, Boxworth, Cambs. 68,557 —6,445
Gleadthorpe, Mansfield, Notts 75,838 —4,905
Great House, Rossendale, Lanes 40,880 —10,750
High Mowthorpe, Malton, Yorks 108,086 +2,730
*Kirton (Lines) and Terrington (Norfolk) 116,788 —5,272
Rosemaund, Hereford 123,254 —8,182
Trawscoed, Aberystwyth, Cards 85,223 —11,198
Total 761,178 —38,192
*Operated as one farm.

In addition, capital development is just beginning on sites acquired for three further Experimental Farms:—

  • Liscombe Farm, near Dulverton, Somerset.
  • Drayton Farm, near Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.
  • Pwllperian Farm, near Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire.