§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the present estimate of the number of beef cows in Scotland compared with 1970 and 1975; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Younger
The information requested is as follows:
Year Beef Cows (Thousand) 1970 418 1975 550 1980 479
Although beef cow numbers have fallen by 13 per cent. since 1975, they are 15 per cent, above the 1970 level.