To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinary surgeons are employed by her Department. 
The number of veterinary surgeons employed by the Department as at April 2003 is 493.
|Food From Britain1||55,289||45,084||67,000||222,319||121,458|
|1 The figures include funding under the Countryside Agency's Eat the View project (2000–01 to 2002–03), the Department's Foot and Mouth Recovery fund (2001–02) and start-up funding for the regional food group (1998–99 to 2000–01).|
|2 This covers funding under the Processing and Marketing Grant (PMG) Scheme and Rural Enterprise Scheme (RES)—Marketing of Quality Agricultural Products.|
|3 Includes funding to support the marketing of local produce and support for the red meat sector. It does not include the £840,000 available for the development of food related enterprise hubs (as follows).|