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Higher Education Facilities

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 6 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the difficulties, especially in the Greater London area, encountered by students desirous of taking higher courses in agriculture, owing to the limited facilities at present available at universities and county agricultural institutes; and what steps he proposes to take to extend existing facilities?

Facilities for higher agricultural education have been somewhat curtailed during the war, mainly owing to the urgent need for trained technical staffs for advisory work among farmers. The position has been aggravated in southeastern England through the closing, for military reasons, of Wye Agricultural College. I fear I cannot encourage the hope that any extension of facilities is likely while the present emergency continues.