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Report of the Development Commissioners



    THE twenty-fourth report (1933-34) of the Development Commissioners which has just been published (London: H.M. Stationery Office. 2s. net) deals mainly with the various purposes for which advances from the fund were made to assist agriculture, rural economy and fisheries. In general, the allocation of grants was very similar to that in the previous year, but although no actual payments were made, arrangements were completed whereby the work at certain British institutes, hitherto financed by the Empire Marketing Board, could be continued. Since detailed descriptions of the scientific work in progress at the various research institutes aided by the Development Fund are published elsewhere, only a brief outline of their work is given in the present report. The scheme, organised by the Society of Friends, for assisting unemployed men in cultivating allotments, was once again given financial support, in view of the great success of the work in 1933. Disappointment, however, is expressed that it was not possible to assist as many as had been hoped, chiefly owing to the difficulty in securing suitable land. The Rural Economy Section reports progress on nearly all sides, and rural industries are being developed over most of Great Britain on practical and profitable lines. Fishery research has also produced valuable results, particularly with regard to the herring and haddock industries. The determination of the best-sized mesh to use to ensure that undersized fish are not landed has enabled definite legal regulations to be enacted, and the survey of young haddock stock has rendered it possible to forecast the quantities of marketable fish and their probable distribution in future years. The report concludes with a financial statement and a schedule of the grants allocated during the year under review.

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