§ Mr. Monro
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why it is necessary in many cases for farmers to produce at their own expense a veterinary surgeon's certificate proving a dairy type heifer to be clean before his Department's graders will accept the animal for certification; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ross
Farmers are not required to produce a veterinary surgeon's certificate for this purpose but are free to do so if they dispute the grader's view that an animal is not clean (i.e. that it has been used for breeding) and they wish to submit other evidence for consideration in support of their claim. The hon. Member may wish to read the report of the adjournment debate on 3rd February, 1964 (HANSARD, cols. 938–948), where the considerations governing this aspect of the Fatstock Guarantee Scheme are set out in detail.