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Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of BSE to the economy was in each year since the disease was identified. (118313)

A full response to the hon. Member’s question could by provided only at disproportionate cost due to the large number of complex factors involved.

However, an economic impact survey is available in the report of the inquiry into the emergence and identification of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). This covers the period from when the disease was first discovered up to 20 March 1996. Copies are available in the Libraries of the House.