§ Mr. Livsey
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if he will list the veterinary inspection centres in England and Wales that were closed in each year between 1980 and 1997, the overall aggregate number and the location of each centre closed; 
(2) how many staff were made redundant from veterinary inspection centres in England and Wales in each year between 1980 and 1997. 
§ Mr. Rooker
The information requested is a matter for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency. I have asked its Chief Executive to reply to the hon. Member direct.
Letter from T. W. A. Little to Mr. Richard Livsey, dated 20 May 1998:421WThe Minister has asked me to reply to your request for a list of Veterinary Investigation Centres (VICs) that were closed in each year between 1980 and 1997.The attached table lists the VICs that were closed between these dates as well as new ones opened.
Centres were closed and new ones opened as follows: Year Closed Opened Total Leeds Lincoln Moulton (Northampton) Newcastle Norwich Penrith Reading Shrewsbury Starcross (Exeter) Sutton Bonington (Loughborough) Thirsk Truro Weybridge Winchester Worcester Wye (Kent) 1981 Weybridge 23 1982 Chester (Sub centre of Shrewsbury) 24 1983 24 1984 24 1985 24 1986 Cardiff 19 Chester Gloucester Leeds Moulton (Northampton) 1987 19 1988 19 1989 19 1990 19 1991 Bangor 16 Lincoln Wye (Kent) 1992 16 1993 Cambridge Bury St. Edmunds 15 Norwich Luddington Worcester (Stratford-upon-Avon) 1994 Reading 14 1995–98 Aberystwyth 14 Barton Hall (Preston) Bury St. Edmunds Carmarthen Langford (Bristol) Luddington (Stratford-upon-Avon) Newcastle Penrith Shrewsbury Starcross (Exeter) Sutton Bonington (Loughborough) Thirsk Truro Winchester
Letter from T. W. A. Little to Mr. Richard Livsey, dated 20 May 1998:The Minister has asked me to reply to your request for information on how many staff were made redundant from Veterinary Investigation Centres (VICs) in each year between 1980 and 1997.The VICs merged with the Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) in October 1995 to form the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). Staff made redundant in VICs since the merger are as follows:
- 1996–97: 5 redundancies
- 1997–98: 0 redundancies.