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Wales And Monmouthshire

Volume 655: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Agriculture. Fisheries and Food if he will give details of the amounts of Government funds which are now spent in Wales and Monmouthshire on agricultural education, agricultural research services and the agricultural advisory services.

The approximate cost of advisory services provided by the Ministry in Wales and Monmouthshire in 1961–62 is £810,000. The estimated cost of agricultural research within the Principality is £220,700 for the same period. Work at establishments outside Wales may often be concerned with or applicable to problems of Welsh agriculture.I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Education that expenditure from public funds on the agricultural education provided by local education authorities cannot be distinguished from other expenditure on further education. The Ministry of Agriculture is only responsible for agricultural education at diploma level and will be contributing £2,000 towards the cost of the dairy diploma course at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, for the academic year 1961–62.Financial support from public funds for all university teaching in Wales at degree level and above is provided in the form of a block grant paid to the University of Wales by the University Grants Committee, which does not allocate a specific sum for agricultural teaching.