HC Deb 23 July 1985 vol 83 cc449-50W
Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will now make a further statement on the efficiency study of the Veterinary Investigation Service.

Mr. Jopling

In my statement of 15 April on this study I announced a period of consultation with outside interests. That period is now at an end and I am studying the points made to me. I will also shortly be receiving the cost appraisals I referred to. I will make a comprehensive statement as soon as possible after the summer recess. In the meantime, however, I confirm the planned closure of Liverpool VI centre and the transfer of the work from there to the new centre at Barton Hall, Preston, once this is completed and becomes operational, which is expected to be about the end of September.

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