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Livestock: Disease Control

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition he uses of premises in animal health controls, especially in regard to (a) different physical areas, separated by land under different ownership but owned by one individual or business, and (b) two notional premises but within the same ownership and on adjoining pieces of land within a ring fence. (165496)

Legislation controlling foot and mouth disease and avian influenza defines premises as “any land, building or other place”, and bluetongue legislation defines premises as “any place”. The extent of a premises depends on a number of practical factors for the purposes of disease control, but not on the ownership of the land.

The movement of animals will usually be from one premises to another. In this context, different parcels of land, separated by other parcels of land, are defined as different premises.

However, when imposing restrictions on, for example, farms where disease is suspected, the degree of common management is fully considered when establishing the physical extent of the restrictions over different parcels of land, which may then be defined as the same ‘premises’.