§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received concerning the current difficulties of enforcing sheep scab dipping regulations, particularly in respect of pregnant ewes and young lambs: and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Strang
I have received letters from several hon. Members on this subject and will be writing to them. The requirement to dip sheep in certain areas is aimed at the eradication of sheep scab and is in the interests of the sheep industry. The active ingredients of dips approved for sheep scab have no adverse effects on pregnant ewes, but as a matter of good husbandry they should be handled as quietly and gently as possible during the dipping operation. Because young lambs are liable to "mislay" their mothers at dipping time it is not advisable to dip lambs under three to four weeks old.