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Non-UK European Vets: Language Skills

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: The language ability of non-United Kingdom European national veterinary surgeons attending the official veterinary surgeon training course is assessed during the course. The ability of European national veterinary surgeons to communicate effectively in English with all parties is assessed via a range of methods, including their participation in discussions and tutorials, as well as the giving of presentations. In addition, they are required to complete written tests in English on case studies and legislative requirements relating to meat hygiene.

In addition, the language ability of OVSs is assessed through face-to-face training with the local Divisional

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Veterinary Manager (DVM) of the State Veterinary Service as part of their appointment as local veterinary inspectors of MAFF.

The assessment of their language ability is made by MHS Principal OVSs and DVMs whose first language is English.

Meat Hygiene Service Charges

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the number of organisations and individuals that expressed concerns about the implementation of the proposed new Meat Hygiene Service charges; and which organisations expressed such concern.[HL2586]

Lord Donoughue: Although no official consultation exercise took place, several hundred representations were received on the proposed level of Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) charges for 1999-2000. These were mainly from interested parties from within the meat and livestock industries.

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