§ 55. Mr. Mathers
asked the Minister of Agriculture how Scottish opinion and experience are obtained in respect of veterinary diseases; and what connection is maintained with the Scottish Department of Agriculture with regard to research?
As the answer is somewhat long I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Mathers
Will the Minister say whether this matter is proceeding satisfactorily, and whether he is satisfied that an English Minister can possibly do adequate justice to a Scottish problem?
§ Following is the answer:
§ The organisation of all matters connected with animal disease is uniform throughout Great Britain. Scottish opinion and experience are available through channels corresponding to those in England and Wales. In addition one of the Ministry's Superintending Veterinary Inspectors is stationed in Edinburgh for liaison duties. With regard to the second part of the Question, co-ordination of research in England and Scotland is secured through the Agricultural Research Council, which considers and advises on programmes of research in both countries. In addition direct contact is maintained between the officers of the two Departments of Agriculture concerned with research.