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Over-30-Months Scheme

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the value for money of (a) direct incineration and (b) rendering followed by incineration of carcases under the Over-30-Month Scheme. [108928]

The cost of rendering and subsequent incineration of rendered products is less expensive than that of the direct incineration of cattle carcases. However, there are some benefits to the direct incineration of carcases in terms of quicker reimbursement of compensation sums to the Exchequer from the EU. Both methods of disposal are used under the Over-30-Month Scheme and each represent good value for money.