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Specified Diseases (Notification and Slaughter) Order 1992

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of breaking the Specified Diseases (Notification and Slaughter) Order 1992 in each year since it came into force. (177124)

The information requested is not held centrally.

The information that is available on prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981 is supplied by local authorities to DEFRA and included in the return to Parliament laid before both Houses before 31 March each year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the operation of the Specified Diseases (Notification and Slaughter) Order 1992; and what amendments have been made to the Order since its coming into force. (177144)

The Specified Diseases (Notification and Slaughter) Order 1992 (the Order) came into force on 1 January 1993 and reflects some of our community obligations, as set down in council directive 92/119/EEC. This Directive sets down minimum control measures considered to be effective for a range of notifiable diseases of livestock.

It is kept under review and the Order has been amended by different orders to revoke it for the following reasons:

(1) in so far as it applied to bluetongue;

(2) to add equine infectious anaemia to the list of diseases to which section 32 of the Animal Health Act 1981 applies (under which the Secretary of State may cause animals to be slaughtered);

(3) to remove the amendment to the Diseases of Animals (Ascertainment of Disease) Order 1985, which is no longer in force;

(4) and to remove viral haemorrhagic disease from the list of diseases which must be notified.

I am satisfied with the operation of the Order.