HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 cc140-1W
44. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will increase the annual amount spent on research on farm buildings above £3,226 to ensure that the best possible use is made of grants under the Agriculture Act, 1957.

Mr. Godber

The annual amount spent on research specifically directed to the problems of farm buildings depends mainly on the number and type of worthwhile projects coming forward. The estimated outcome for 1957–58 is £5,750; the estimate for 1958–59, £6,795. But of course my hon. Friend will realise that the figures relate only to problems of special interest to agriculture financed by my Department. Certain other specialised work is carried out at the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering and elsewhere; and agriculture also benefits from building research of a general character sponsored by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.