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Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether, in view of the difficulties of brucellosis eradication in Northumberland, he will undertake a pilot scheme in the county under which the vaccine 45/20 would be widely available on a subsidised basis.

My officials are examining the case for a scheme involving the use of 45/20 vaccine in the parts of England, including Northumberland, most heavily infected with brucellosis. Further studies are still required before any scheme can be discussed with the National Farmers' Union, British Veterinary Association and other interested organisations. I am aware of the desirability of an early decision on this matter.