§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the level of damage caused by the recent snowstorms to the sheep industry in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Damage was not so serious as was first feared, though I am aware of a few scattered cases where losses were severe. With an above-average lamb crop expected this year losses in Wales are unlikely to have a significant effect on total numbers.