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Livestock: Transport

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the six-day movement rule for farm livestock. (241479)

In 2003, an extensive cost benefit analysis into movement standstills demonstrated the significant benefits of standstill regimes in reducing both the size and cost of a disease outbreak. These conclusions remain valid. Standstills confer significant protection when disease is present but undetected. It would not be desirable to remove this protection from the livestock industry.

This is a devolved issue and while we in DEFRA have no plans to review the standstill. The Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament would need to be consulted to determine the position in Wales and Scotland.