asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why there are so few tuberculin-tested herds in Scotland as compared with England; and whether the Department of Agriculture is endeavouring to bring about uniformity in the percentage of butter-fat required in England and Scotland for tuberculintested milk?
I think that having regard to the relative populations of the two countries the proportion of milk from licensed tuberculin-tested herds in Scotland does not compare unfavourably and the supply is rising with the demand. I do not think that the higher butter-fat content required in graded milk in Scotland has to any material extent deterred the owners of herds from seeking a graded milk licence.
Is not the testing in England less satisfactory than in Scotland, and has not the failure to have a fixed standard of butter-fat percentage proved disadvantageous in Scotland?
Not according to the information that I have.