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Experimental Farms

Volume 463: debated on Monday 28 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the estimated capital cost of buying and equipping the 18 experimental State farms; and what is the estimated annual loss on their operation.

The acquisition and equipment of these experimental husbandry farms will be spread over several years so that the total capital cost and the annual income and expenditure cannot be foreseen with any accuracy. As regards the cost of the properties that have so far been acquired I would refer the hon. Member to the answer that I have given today to the hon. Member for Orpington (Sir W. Smithers).