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Sheep Scab

Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1982

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many outbreaks of sheep scab were confirmed during the last 12 months; what were the corresponding figures for the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

The number of outbreaks of sheep scab in Great Britain for the 12 month period ending 31 October 1982 was 59 of which 46 were in England, one was in Wales and 12 were in Scotland. The numbers of outbreaks for the previous 10 years in the corresponding period were as follows:

Outbreaks of sheep scab
Year (1 November to 31 October)EnglandWalesScotlandTotal
1971–72
1972–7334135
1973–7411314
1974–753021042
1975–7612815134
1976–7779382
1977–7843649
1978–795656
1979–803131
1980–81521163
The Government's objective is to eradicate sheep scab from this country but this can only be achieved with the full co-operation of the farming community. This year a national compulsory dip was carried out in the summer as recent evidence has indicated that the most effective time to carry out dipping is when the fleece is short. The results of the summer dipping campaign will not be fully known until early spring next year at which time decisions will be taken in relation to dipping arrangements for 1983.