§ 47. Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations his Department has received to fund research in connection with the seal virus.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The Department of the Environment has received a number of representations about research on the disease affecting seals in the North sea. The Department has had detailed discussions with the seal mammal research unit and other scientific institutes on further research in this area. New seals research projects were announced on 24 August and 15 September.