§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many forms, and what proportion, were returned from sheep farmers about sheep dipping last year; what measures he intends to take to ensure that all forms are received; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gummer
Local authority estimates suggest that approximately 70 per cent. of form R owner declarations of dipping were returned to local authorities. It is for local authorities to take action in those cases where forms are not returned but I have made it clear that I am looking for a much better response from farmers during this year's national dip.