HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 c103W
Mr. Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what criteria were used to determine the cuts in advisory and specialist services given by Scottish agricultural colleges;

(2) what criteria were used to determine the reduction of funding for the veterinary investigation services in Scotland.

Mr. Rifkind

Decisions on the planned reductions in the funding of the agricultural advisory services with effect from 1 April 1987 were taken as part of the 1984 public expenditure survey and reflect the Government's view that those who use and benefit from the services provided should make a contribution towards their cost.

The veterinary investigation services in Scotland are provided by the three Scottish agricultural colleges as part of the advisory services to the agriculture industry.