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Education And Training (Women)

Volume 245: debated on Monday 24 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether women are to share in any special facilities for training provided by the Ministry at demonstration centres or elsewhere under the new Agricultural Land (Utilisation) Bill; and whether instruction in rural domestic economy is to be incorporated in the existing services for agricultural education, in order to meet the needs of the women members on the new family farms and holdings?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative if the women to whom the Noble Lady refers are desirous of obtaining small holdings and are otherwise suitable as tenants. I will consider the question of special facilities for training the wives and daughters of prospective smallholders. In reply to the second part of the question, I may explain that courses in rural domestic economy are already recognised by the Ministry of Agriculture as eligible for aid under its Regulations, and 1 have no reason to doubt that where there is a local demand for this kind of instruction the Local Authority concerned will take steps to provide it.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say in how many cases grants have already been made to this Fund?