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Slaughterhouses

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the costs incurred by abattoir owners of employment of an on-site veterinarian in each year since the creation of the Meat Hygiene Service. (257424)

The costs attributable to operators of approved fresh meat establishments (including abattoirs) for the employment of Official Veterinarians (OV) and Meat Hygiene Inspectors (MHI) and the actual charge levied on operators are shown in the following table. Under the present charging system, in place since April 2001, it is not possible to separate out the charge to operators for Official Veterinarians.

£ million

Estimation of industry cost

Total charge paid by food business operators for OVs and MHIs

1995-96

33.9

31.5

1996-97

26.6

26.0

1997-98

31.9

29.8

1998-99

38.9

33.8

1999-2000

42.3

36.3

2000-01

38.4

34.7

2001-02

38.7

20.6

2002-03

46.6

21.5

2003-04

46.2

21.7

2004-05

54.1

23.5

2005-06

55.1

23.5

2006-07

56.7

23.4

2007-08

55.1

23.8