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MPs' concern about future of laboratory services in Wales

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THE Welsh Affairs Committee has written to Defra seeking reassurances about the future of the AHVLA's regional laboratories in Wales.

The select committee of MPs has been looking into the future of the two regional laboratories in Wales following the AHVLA's announcement last autumn of its plans to discontinue laboratory services at Aberystwyth and Carmarthen (VR, November 12, 2011, vol 169, p 512). Its inquiry is being held alongside a similar inquiry by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom), which is examining the rationalisation of the AHVLA's laboratory services in England as well as the agency's proposals to introduce competitive tendering for Official Veterinarian services. The EFRACom has also written to Defra seeking more information about issues raised during its inquiry (VR, March 17, 2012, vol 170, p 270).

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In a letter to Jim Paice, the minister of state for agriculture and food at Defra, the Welsh Affairs Committee seeks reassurance on a number of matters that it felt were not fully addressed when it gathered evidence last November.

It asks Mr Paice whether the importance of agriculture to the …

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