Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Session 2002-03
17 March 2003 VETS AND VETERINARY SERVICES
New Inquiry Announced


Session 2002-03
17 March 2003 VETS AND VETERINARY SERVICES
New Inquiry Announced

The Committee has decided to appoint a Sub-committee (to be chaired by Michael Jack MP) to undertake an inquiry into Vets and Veterinary Services.  It has decided that its terms of reference should be:

"In the context of recent difficulties with animal health and welfare, the Committee will look into the provision of farm veterinary services in England and Wales.  In particular it will examine:

  • what impact current levels of farm income are having on the usage of veterinary services; and, in turn, what effect any reduction in the usage of such services is having on the number of practices dealing with large (farm) animals;

  • what effect any reduction in the usage of veterinary services and a shortage of large animal vets is having on health and welfare standards, and on the effectiveness of surveillance for animal diseases;

  • whether the requirements placed on farmers by Government, including those in the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy, are realisable in such circumstances; and

  • what is the impact on the work of the State Veterinary Service."

The Committee invites written evidence on the subject by Friday 25 April.  [The form which such evidence should take is set out below - please note in particular the restriction on length and that it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and will be announced in due course.


Written evidence must be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in Word or WordPerfect.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to Tim Jarvis .  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary.

Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.


Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage.  Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.