HC Deb 20 December 1973 vol 866 cc355-6W
45. Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is now able to indicate what steps he proposes to take to increase the strength of the State veterinary service; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Godber

A study of the factors affecting career management of the State veterinary service was undertaken jointly by representatives of management and veterinary staff earlier this year. Various matters affecting recruitment are now being discussed with the Civil Service Department and the Institution of Professional Civil Servants. The Civil Service Commission continues to hold regular competitions for the recruitment of veterinary officers.