§ 39. Mr. STRANGER
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will arrange that agricultural workers who have been in regular employ for three years shall have facilities for free education in agricultural colleges, and that those showing special knowledge and proficiency shall have such credit facilities as will enable them to start as small-holders?
§ The MINISTER of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Buxton)
Considerable provision has already been made for scholarships for agricultural workers and children of agricultural workers under the Corn Production (Repeal) Act, 1921. This year 622 applications were received, and 152 scholarships have been awarded, either for degree courses at universities or shorter courses at farm institutes and similar institutions. With regard to the second part, the machinery of the Agricultural Credits Act is available, and can be utilised in a way which would afford considerable assistance to small-holders.
§ Mr. STRANGER
Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate any cases in which the Agricultural Credits Act has been used to benefit the agricultural workers?
§ Mr. BUXTON
The machinery has hardly yet been put in operation. It is now being brought clearly to their notice.
§ Mr. BLUNDELL
Were the 600 odd applicants referred to the children of agricultural labourers, or all persons who applied?