HC Deb 22 November 1977 vol 939 cc613-4W
Mr. Welsh

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what research is being sponsored by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland to develop new strains of barley capable of growing in areas of the west coast of Scotland at present rendered barren by salt spray.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

None. I am, however, aware of recent advances in research in the United States of America into the salt tolerance in barley and this will be taken into account in deciding the work commissioned in Scotland by my right hon. Friend's Department for the provision of new barley varieties well adapted to Scottish conditions.