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Departments: Orders and Regulations

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Animal By-Products Regulations 2003 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (126666)

The total administrative burden cost of the Animal By-Products Regulations 2003 to business was calculated as £7.58 million. One-off/contingent costs were estimated at £41,000, and recurring costs were £7,539,000. Costs to the Department can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

A full regulatory impact assessment was published alongside the Animal By-Products Regulations 2003. Copies were made available in the Library of the House. It is also available from the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/regulat/ria/2003/animal-byproducts.pdf

The successful application of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) feed controls has brought about a year on year reduction in the incidence of BSE. This, along with the Government’s other BSE controls, has enabled the Over Thirty Month scheme to be replaced, at an annual saving to the taxpayer of £300 million, and paved the way for the beef export ban to be lifted.