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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many farmers in central Scotland have reported to his officials unusual problems in the health of farm animals for the years 1974 to 1985 inclusive; and what action has subsequently been taken by them.
Mr. John MacKay
This information is not available. Animal health problems are primarily a matter for the farmer and his veterinary surgeon. As stated in the Lenihan report, records are not held centrally other than for notifiable diseases.