HC Deb 25 April 1975 vol 890 c427W
Mr. George Rodgers

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the current availability of credit facilities in home agriculture; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Bishop

Yes, but, as stated in the White Paper entitled "Food from Our Own Resources" (Cmnd. 6020), the

1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75
Cost (£ million) 14.6 16.1 16.5 17.4 24.7
Staff employed 4,888 4,690 4,407 4,238 4,569

The figures for 1970–71 include those for the NAAS in its last year of operation —£7.3 million and 2,315 staff—together with those for the other services which were incorporated in ADAS when it was set up on 1st March 1971.

The figures for 1974–75 include those for the Pest Infestation Control Service, which became part of ADAS on 1st September 1974.

£ million
1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2.2 2.9 3.3 3.7 3.8
Agricultural Research Council 14.1 15.8 18.7 20.6 22.2
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland 3.5 4.4 5.3 6.5 7.4
1. The figures for 1974–75 are not yet available.
2. Expenditure by MAFF covers the laboratories and experimental centres currently operated by the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service and relates only to the net cost of that part of their work classified as research and development.
3. The figures for the Agricultural Research Council comprise the total net expenditure of ARC institutes and grant-aided institutes and university units funded by the Council (and for 1973–74 by MAFF).
4. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland funds all the work at Scottish Agricultural Research Institutes as well as certain R & D work at Scottish agricultural colleges. The figures shown include both these categories.
5. In Northern Ireland, agricultural research is carried out in most of the Government establishments in conjunction with higher education at university and college level. These establishments also cover specialist advisory services in agriculture, horticulture and the veterinary and food sciences. The total annual expenditure by them for the same five years respectively was £1.9 million, £2.2 million, £2–5 million, £2.9 million and £3.4 million and it is estimated that approximately 40 per cent. of this attributable to research costs.

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