HC Deb 20 May 1998 vol 312 cc418-20W
Mr. Livsey

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) how many staff were made redundant from agricultural research stations in England and Wales in each year between 1980 and 1997; [42295]

(2) if he will list the agricultural research stations that were privatised in England and Wales in each year between 1980 and 1997; [42296]

(3) if he will list the agricultural research stations in England and Wales that were closed in each year between 1980 and 1997; what was the total number of closures and the location of each closed centre. [42294]

Mr. Rooker

ADAS, the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service and formerly a "Next Steps" Agency of MAFF, was privatised on 1 April 1997. It now operates as ADAS Consulting Ltd. There have been no other privatisations of Ministry-owned agricultural research stations in the period specified. As part of the privatisation, laboratories and offices at Wolverhampton were sold to the new company. It also currently leases a number of research stations from MAFF, as set out in the table.

Research stations
Arthur Rickwood Cambridgeshire
Boxworth Cambridgeshire
Bridgets Hampshire
Brimstone Farm Oxfordshire
Drayton (part only) Warwickshire
Gleadethorpe Nottinghamshire
High Mowthorpe Yorkshire
Pwllpeiran Dyfed
Redesdale Northumberland
Rosemaund Hereford
Terrington Norfolk

The following Ministry-owned agricultural research stations were closed in the years noted:

Research stations Closed
Great House Experimental Husbandry Farm, Rossendale, Lancs 1981
Rosewarne Experimental Horticulture Station, Camborne, Cornwall 1989
Lea Valley Experimental Horticulture Station, Hoddesdon, Herts 1989
Luddington Experimental Horticulture Station, Nr Stratford on Avon 1989
Liscombe Experimental Husbandry Farm, Nr Dulverton, Devon 1989
Brogdale Experimental Horticulture Station, Nr Faversham, Kent 1990

Centres were closed and new ones opened as follows:
Year Closed Opened Total
1980 24
Barton Hall (Preston—moved from Liverpool)
Langford (Bristol)

Research stations Closed
The Cattle Breeding Centre, Shinfield, Nr Reading, Berkshire 1991
Trawgoed Experimental Husbandry Farm, Nr Aberystwyth, Dyfed 1993


The Trawsgoed Experimental Husbandry Farm was sold to the then Agriculture and Food Research Council and is now part of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research.

A number of laboratories, listed in the table, were closed during the period specified. In most cases the work was transferred to other facilities, with some minor research or analytical work continuing to a later date.

Research stations Closed
Shardlow, Nottingham 1980
Bangor, North Wales 1985
Cardiff, Glamorgan 1985
Bristol 1988
Leeds 1993
Wye, Kent 1993
Starcross, Nr Exeter 1993
Reading 1995
Newcastle 1995
Cambridge 1995
Trawsgoed, Nr Aberystwyth 1995

I regret that records of the number of any individuals made redundant as a result of particular closures of former ADAS sites are no longer held by MAFF.