§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) with which organisations representing farmers' interests he 617W consulted prior to the announcement on 20 June of a 21-day ban on the movement of lambs in certain parts of Wales;
(2) on what dates he met representatives of (a) the Farmers Union of Wales and (b) the National Farmers Union to discuss either the possible introduction of a ban on lamb movements or the implications of such a ban on the farming community in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
I met the chairman and deputy chairman of the National Farmers Union on 20 June about the imposition of the restrictions. Arrangements were made to inform the president of the Farmers Union of Wales at the same time.
The closest contact is being maintained with the farming industry and others both locally and centrally.