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Game Rearing Industry

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has had from the game rearing industry regarding the ban on Emtryl. [37430]

We have received a number of representations from the game rearing industry, including the Game Conservancy Trust and the Game Farmers Association.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what evidence Ministers received from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate about the ban on dimetridazole. [37428]

We are aware of the concerns over this ban, and a number of options to overcome the consequential problems of the game rearing industry are under active consideration.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the effect of Emtryl on the economies of those areas of rural Britain where game birds are bred. [37432]

To official assessment has been made. We are aware however, that the banning of dimetridazole could lead to flock losses as high as 50 per cent. or more. This is why we are working with game bird organisations to try to find a solution.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what was the policy of Her Majesty's Government in respect of the recent European Union ban on the chemical dimetridazole sold under the trade name Emtryl. [37422]

The Government opposed the proposal to prohibit the therapeutic use of dimetridazole—Emtryl—by its inclusion in annex IV of Council regulation (EEC) 2377/90, on the grounds that the scientific data could enable a maximum residue limit to be set to protect consumers and because of the animal welfare problems which would result from a ban.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what weighting was given to the United Kingdom position on the European Union decision to ban Emtryl. [37431]

The position of the UK was accorded its due weight under the normal procedures of the Community. Decisions on entries in the annexes of Council regulation (EEC) 2377/90 are taken at regulatory committee by qualified majority voting. If referred to the Council of Agriculture Ministers, the contre filet procedure applies.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what alternative drugs are available to breeders of game birds to control hexamitiasis and trichomoniasis in larger flocks. [37429]

We are not aware that there are any satisfactory alternative medicinal products available to the game rearing industry for the treatment of these conditions.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if Her Majesty's Government will now take steps to suspend the European Union ban on Emtryl pending further investigations on alternative disease control agents. [37433]

We are considering a number of options to try to assist the game rearing industry as a result of this prohibition.