§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much additional funding he intends to provide to(a) Gloucestershire County Council and (b) nationally to Trading Standards Services in order to carry out work in connection with BSE. 
§ Mr. Rooker
[holding answer 29 October 1998]: I have no plans to provide any additional funding to Gloucestershire County Council or nationally to Trading Standards Services to carry out their enforcement responsibilities in respect of BSE legislation. Through the BSE Regulatory Forum, however, my officials will continue to work with representatives of local authorities on ways in which improved guidance and co-ordination of enforcement activity can be achieved to ensure the most cost effective use of available resources.