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Research And Advisory Services

Volume 79: debated on Thursday 16 May 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what recent representations he has received over the proposed reductions in agricultural research and advisory services; and if he will make a statement.

I have received a number of representations expressing concern about the possible impact of the revised expenditure provisions on research and development and the advisory services. In response I have expressed the view that I regard it as reasonable that those who benefit from such activities should make a greater financial contribution towards the cost of undertaking them.