§ 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.