HC Deb 10 November 1977 vol 938 cc193-4W
43. Dr. Glyn

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he will take steps to speed up the notifica- tion of laboratory tests for brucellosis, which have been seriously delayed in recent months, resulting in a disrupting effect on the farms concerned, particularly in Berkshire; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Strang:

Normal working has now been resumed by staff at the Central Veterinary Laboratory engaged on brucellosis testing. It will take a week or so to deal with the backlog of blood samples awaiting tests, but thereafter the interval between sampling and notification should revert to its normal period of about 10 days.