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Artifical Insemination

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officials are employed in artificial insemination centres in Northern Ireland.

[holding answer 10 December 1987]: The total staff complement for the centres is 111, although numbers actually engaged on the work vary from time to time according to season.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by what agency he intends to replace artificial insemination centres.

[holding answer 10 December 1987]: The Department will be inviting formal declarations of interest in undertaking this work from the private sector. It is not possible to say which bodies will respond.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many artificial insemination centres are organised by the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland.

[holding answer 10 December 1987]: The Department provides the artificial insemination service in Northern Ireland through one main centre and 10 sub-centres.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the annual cost to his Department of each of the artificial insemination centres in Northern Ireland.

[holding answer 10 December 1987]: The specific cost of running each artificial insemination sub-centre is not readily available. The total cost of providing the artificial insemination service was almost £2·1 million in 1986–87.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will keep the cost of artificial insemination replacement services at the present level.

[holding answer 10 December 1987]: It is not possible to guarantee that the cost of the artificial insemination services will remain unchanged for the future, or that present levels of subsidy to the services will continue indefinitely.