§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make it his policy to commission research into the epidemiology of salmonella enteritidis in free-range flocks of laying hens.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
[holding answer 16 February 1989]: Cultural and serological findings from the veterinary laboratory are providing epidemiological information on salmonella enteritidis in poultry. A specific research project at the central veterinary laboratory is being formulated and the results are likely to have application to all laying hens.