48. Mr. W. H. K. Baker
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the progress of the Brucellosis Incentives Scheme.
§ Mr. Anthony Stodart
From mid-July to 31st December, 1970, the Scheme had attracted 11,649 applications in Great Britain, and over 80 per cent. of existing accredited owners had opted for it. The encouraging start which I reported to the House on 27th October has therefore continued. With the herds still qualifying or accredited under the earlier scheme, we now have nearly 27,000 herds engaged in voluntary accreditation, and over 12,000 of them have already gained registration.