HC Deb 07 March 1990 vol 168 c715W

To provide safeguards for public health in the production and import of meat. To facilitate exports of live animals, meat and other animal products by doing everything possible to ensure that the animal health and public health requirements of importing countries are met.

To meet these objectives the veterinary service consists of a regulatory force (the Veterinary Field Service), a surveillance network (the Veterinary Investigation Service), and a research and development facility (the Central Veterinary Laboratories).

Dr. David Clark

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he intends to co-locate his three food science laboratories; where the new food science laboratory will be located; and how many scientists he will employ there.

Mr. Maclean

New accommodation for the food science laboratory has recently been completed in Colney lane, Norwich and staff from the three existing sites were transferred to the new building on 5 February 1990. A total of 83 laboratory posts are approved for 1990–91 and of these 63 will be for qualified scientists.