§ Mr. Bill Walker
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has decided a future strategy for agricultural research and development in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland has today published a paper entitled "Strategy for Agricultural Research and Development". It reports on the successful implementation of the proposals in the strategy paper published by the Department in December 1985, reviews the developments which underlie the formulation of a revised strategy for the future, sets out the objectives of the Department in funding agricultural and related research and development, and explains how these objectives will be met in the years ahead.
Copies of the paper have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.