§ Dr. Strang
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many veterinary surgeons were employed by his654W Department and on projects funded by his Department on (a) the most recent date available and (b) 31 March for each year since 1979. 
§ Mr. Raymond S. Robertson
The Scottish Office employs no veterinary surgeons. Veterinary advice is provided by MAFF vets, five of whom currently advise the Scottish Office. There were 12 veterinary surgeons employed on projects funded by the Scottish Office at 1 March 1997.
Data in respect of earlier years is no longer held centrally.