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Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when last he carried out an overall review of the need to retain unchanged the Scottish Agricultural Consultative Panel, the Scottish Agricultural Development Council, the Scottish Agricultural Statistics Consultative Committee and the Hill Farming Advisory Committee for Scotland; and what were his conclusions in each case.

I have reviewed all four bodies this year and decided to retain them. Their members give freely of their time and experience in service to the farming industry in Scotland at no cost in fees or salaries or in civil service manpower. I am glad to take this opportunity of recording my appreciation of their work.