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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09677: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the future of the (a) Inverness and (b) other disease surveillance centres.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 June 2017

The Scottish Government provides support for SRUC to deliver education, advisory and research activities in the rural sector. Part of this support enables SRUC to deliver the Scottish Government's Veterinary Disease Surveillance Programme. As a private company, SRUC are free to determine how their disease surveillance centres operate provided they can satisfy to the Scottish Government that the objectives of the Veterinary Disease Surveillance Programme are met.

Any update on the future of the Inverness and other disease surveillance centres would be from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) who are responsible for their operation.