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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hours his officials have spent between 1982 and 1984, inclusive, interviewing (a) farmers in central Scotland who had reported suspicions that their livestock had been affected by environmental pollution, and (b) farmers whom his officials considered to be at risk from or affected by environmental pollution.
Mr. John MacKay
Officials of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland and the State Veterinary Service spent approximately 130 hours during the period conducting interviews with farmers on this subject. This does not include any investigations conducted by the Agricultural College veterinary investigation services staff.