§ Mr. Maclennan
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) what recent representations he has received concerning the impact of proposed Regulation 13 of the Draft Feeding Stuffs Regulations 2000 on animal husbandry in the hill and upland areas of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) if he will amend Regulation 13 of the Draft Feeding Stuffs Regulation 2000 to allow the continued use for animal husbandry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland of cobalt, selenium, copper and other trace minerals. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 28 February 2000]: My Department has received a large number of representations concerned with the effect of the proposed regulation including on hill and upland areas of the United Kingdom.
Our recent consultation on the draft Feeding Stuffs Regulations 2000 specifically requested comments on this regulation. This was in order that all the implications of such a measure on additives in animal husbandry used outside feeds could be assessed. We will be in a position to make a decision on this issue shortly, when we have considered all the responses.