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Avian Influenza

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was (a) planned for and (b) spent on dealing with avian influenza in 2005-06; and what the figures are for 2006-07. (101076)

In 2005-06, approximately £9 million was spent on the prevention and control of avian influenza (AI).

For 2006-07, DEFRA anticipates spending up to £19 million on the prevention and control of AI. This includes preparedness measures and outbreak costs. However, this figure is subject to on-going review. To the end of October 2006 we had spent £9 million.