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Exotic Animals

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will bring forward legislation to tackle imbalance between public and private funding in relation to dealing with exotic animal diseases; (94051)

(2) if he will assess the merits of a levy on the exotic animal industry to generate funds to help tackle the threat of exotic animal diseases.

The Government are continuing to work with industry representatives and others on the appropriate balance of costs and responsibilities associated with animal health and welfare. This work includes the need to bring forward legislation which would include, as part of the overall package, arrangements for the future funding of exotic disease outbreaks.