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Agricultural Advisory Service

Volume 894: debated on Friday 4 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the increasing importance of indigenous food production and the need to monitor the environment more thoroughly, the Government will now consider discontinuing the practice of charging for the Agricultural Advisory Service's analyses of soils, crops and other agricultural samples.

The effect of the charges made by the Agricultural Colleges in Scotland for analytical services is kept under review. The charges for certain services relating to plant disorders were withdrawn earlier this year. At the present time I see no need for further changes.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current net income derived from Scotland from the practice of charging farmers for analyses by the Agricultural Advisory Service of soils, crops and other samples of agricultural interest.

In 1974–75 income from the charges amounted to £47,000. This did not cover the cost of providing the services.