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Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in discussions with farmers and farming organisations on cost-sharing. (221527)

Following the completion of the work of the UK Consultative Forum (comprising the main UK farming unions and Government representatives from the devolved administrations and DEFRA), the Government intend to consult this autumn on specific proposals for implementing responsibility and cost sharing for animal health and welfare.