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Animal Welfare

Volume 100: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer of 30 October 1985, Official Report, column 544, if he will list the animal health matters which are dealt with by his Department.

Under the Transfer of Functions (Animal Health) Order 1955 my right hon. and learned Friend has specific responsibility in Scotland for matters relating to brucellosis melitensis, epizootic abortion, tuberculosis and warble fly and for animal imports. In addition he is responsible for health matters under the Artificial Insemination of Cattle (Animal Health) (Scotland) Regulations 1985 and has certain welfare powers under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received about the methodology used in compiling the Lenihan report on animal morbidity in the Denny, Bonnybridge area.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer of 30 October 1985, Official Report, column 542, if he will provide the number of stock purchased from the dispersal sale at Househill farm, Larbert, the numbers of those which suffered from animal health problems, and number of stock remaining, and the numbers of those which died from animal health problems; and if he will name the farms which were the recipients of the sale from Househill.

A total of 196 cattle were purchased at the Househill dispersal sale. The 37 purchasers included dealers, where the ultimate destination of the animals is unknown, as well as farmers. Information on the present whereabouts of the cattle and of their state of health is not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer of 25 October 1985, Official Report, column 285, whether he will make available a list of the public and private organisations concerned with animal welfare and wildlife conservation throughout Scotland who co-operated with the Wildlife incident investigation at Agricultural Scientific Services, East Craigs; and if he will publish a report of their investigations into animal mortality since 1973.

The organisations which have co-operated with the wildlife incident investigation service during the period 1973 to 1985 are set out in the list.Summaries of the work of the wildlife incident investigation service are published each year in the annual report "Agriculture in Scotland" prepared by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland.

Organisations which have co-operated with the Wildlife Incident Investigation Service over the period 1973–85

  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
  • Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • Glasgow and West of Scotland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • Nature Conservancy Council.
  • Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh.
  • National Trust for Scotland.
  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh.
  • Lasswade Veterinary Laboratory, MAFF.
  • East of Scotland College of Agriculture, veterinary investigation laboratories.
  • North of Scotland College of Agriculture, veterinary investigation laboratories.
  • West of Scotland Agricultural College, veterinary investigation laboratories.
  • Northern Constabulary.
  • Lothians and Borders Constabulary.
  • Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
  • Strathclyde Constabulary.
  • Grampian Constabulary.
  • Royal Parks Constabulary.
  • Royal Air Force Kinloss.
  • Royal Air Force Lossiemouth.
  • Forth River Purification Board.
  • British Trust for Ornithology.
  • Scottish Ornithologists Club.
  • Young Ornithologists Club.
  • Aberdeen University.
  • University of Glasgow.
  • Forestry Commission.
  • Arran Nature Centre.
  • Highland Wildlife Park.
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
  • Commonwealth Institute of Parasitology.
  • The Hawk Trust.
  • Institute of Terrestrial Ecology.
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust.
  • Poultry Research Centre, AFRC.
  • Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre, Ayrshire.
  • Grampian Regional Council.
  • Strathclyde Regional Council.
  • Fife Regional Council.
  • Angus District Council.
  • Eastwood District Council.
  • Edinburgh District Council.
  • Banff and Buchan District Council.
  • Kilmarnock and Loudon District Council.
  • Lochaber District Council.
  • Kirkcaldy District Council.
  • Strathkelvin District Council.
  • Dundee District Council.
  • Glasgow District Council.
  • Argyll and Bute District Council.
  • Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council.
  • Stirling District Council.
  • Monklands District Council.
  • Midlothian District Council.
  • East Lothian District Council.
  • Moredun Research Institute.
  • Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, DAFS.
  • Agricultural Staff, DAFS.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will make available the evidence supplied to the Leniham review group by the individuals and organisations detailed in appendix 2 of the report.

Since the evidence was supplied for the information and use of the review group, which was an independent body, and the group drew on the evidence in preparing its extensive report, which was published, it is not for the Secretary of State to take it on himself to publish that evidence.