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Statistics Of Agriculture

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 18 February 1851

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begged to put a question to the right hon. Gentleman the President of the Board of Trade. Was it the intention of Her Majesty's Government to bring in a Bill this Session, or to introduce any measure, for the collection of agricultural statistics, to place us at least on a par with Ireland?

said, that if he could see his way to any unobjectionable mode of obtaining correct statistical information relating to agriculture, he would be willing, indeed he was desirous, of introducing such a measure. Last year he had consulted with Gentleman connected with agriculture on both sides of the House, without arriving at any satisfactory solution of the dfficulties that beset the question; and he doubted that, in the present state of the agricultural mind, it was advisable to bring in a Bill on the subject.