Officials from the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) on Tuesday said they will seek the views of producers in early 2003 as part of a re-appraisal of their strategy to boost the country's wool industry.

BWMB managing director Ian Hartley said the wool clip plunged 17 per cent last season to 36.3 million kilos from 44 million kilos before the devastating foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

"We are considering more computerisation and mechanisation, but also some of the fundamental assumptions about what producers require from the board, to ensure our service meets needs and expectations," he said.

He added Tony Blair may be asked on his forthcoming visit to Beijing to put pressure on the Chinese government to accept British wool - worth around £10 million - which it stopped during the outbreak.