23. Mr. Philips Price
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps are being taken in the County of Gloucester to secure tubercular-free areas among cattle.
My Department is encouraging farmers to join the voluntary Attested Herds Scheme, and I hope very much that farmers in Gloucestershire will press on with voluntary attestation in readiness for inclusion in a tuberculosis eradication area in due course.
§ Mr. Hastings
Can the right hon. Gentleman say approximately what proportion of our herds are now tubercle-free?
I am tempted to chance my arm, but I would rather the hon. Gentleman put down a Question to me about that in case I should not be accurate. I am, however, much encouraged by the general progress.