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Animal By-Products

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether farmers will be entitled to make retrospective claims for the collection and disposal of fallen livestock from her Department's subscription scheme for fallen livestock between May and August. [111115]

The Government do not intend to make retrospective payments to farmers for the collection and disposal of fallen stock between May and August and there is no reason to do so. The proposed subscription scheme is not an essential requirement of the Animal By-Products Regulation but a facility to help reduce costs. Participation is voluntary and the scheme is dependent on a minimum take up of 50 per cent. of holdings.