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Foot and Mouth Disease: Cumbria

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the loss in income to farmers in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency as a consequence of the 2007 foot and mouth disease outbreaks. (175363)

DEFRA’s current estimate of the economic cost to the UK livestock sector of the movement restrictions and the ban on exports imposed as a result of foot and mouth disease is over £100 million. Disaggregated estimates of the cost to farmers in individual constituencies have not been made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the impact of the recent foot and mouth disease outbreak on the agricultural economy of (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland. (175949)

DEFRA’s current estimate of the economic cost to the GB livestock sector of the movement restrictions and the ban on exports imposed as a result of foot and mouth disease is over £100 million. Disaggregated estimates of the cost to farmers in individual counties and constituencies have not been made.