At the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday:
Alison Johnstone (Lothian) (Scottish Green Party): To ask the Scottish Government how many welfare inspections have been carried out in each calendar year since 2012 of poultry holdings with egg-laying hens that have (a) less than 1,000 and (b) 1,000 or more birds. (S5W-24150)
Mairi Gougeon: APHA conducts inspections for welfare non-compliance issues at poultry holdings on behalf of the Scottish Ministers and maintains the records of such inspections. The Scottish Government understands, from figures provided by APHA, that 144 inspections of poultry holdings with egg laying hens has been carried out since 2014 and is not broken down by flock size. Due to the change in systems of recording outcomes by APHA, records are not readily available for 2012 and 2013
Now, we’ve already had Paul Wheelhouse answering questions on ferry-related matters. This can’t go on. For all I know there may be more. The SNP must initiate proper screening procedures prior to ministerial appointments before the Hootsman gets wind of this.