HC Deb 25 November 1964 vol 702 cc1266-7
25. Mr. Noble

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what information he has on the merits of Charolais cattle for the purposes for which they were imported; what demand there is now for semen from these bulls at artificial insemination centres; and whether this demand is increasing or decreasing.

Mr. Peart

I have nothing yet to add to the first report on cross-breeding trials which was published in September. Charolais inseminations in Great Britain exceed 30,000 per annum. The demand has fluctuated in the past, but in recent months it appears to have been increasing.

Mr. Noble

Did I understand the right hon. Gentleman to say that it appears to be increasing, because my evidence is that it appears to be decreasing?

Mr. Peart

My evidence is to the contrary.

Mr. Soames

When does the right hon. Gentleman expect to be able to make an announcement following on the completion of the trials?

Mr. Peart

As soon as they are complete and we have further evidence, I will make a decision and a statement.