§ Mr. Godber
The new boards will remove the need for the Councils' advisory functions related to the Ministry's research and development work. There will nevertheless remain a need for an advisory body to which I can remit for advice such matters as I choose, or are so remitted by the Ministry on my behalf. I therefore propose early in the New Year to set up for this purpose a single small council and to bring to an end the two existing bodies.
I am glad to say that Sir Nigel Strutt, Chairman of the Agricultural Advisory Council, has agreed to serve as Chairman of the new council. Sir Emrys Jones, Director-General of the Ministry's Agricultural Development and Advisory Service, will act as vice-chairman.
I should like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the present councils for the valuable services they have so readily rendered during the past three-and-a-half years.