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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.
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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