The resources needed to obtain the information in relation to the legal cost incurred by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, following the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in 2001, would be disproportionate and over the £750 threshold.
The legal cost incurred by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, so far, following the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak 2007 is £27,030.05.
The monetary value of compensation awarded as a result of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2007 is as follows:
£ Lowest 75 Highest 94,500 Median 41,714 Mean 21,453
The compensation payable in such circumstances is set out in section 31(c) and in schedule 3, paragraph 3(5) of the Animal Health Act 1981. These provide that Government must pay compensation at the value of the animals immediately before they became infected or were killed. Each animal was assessed by an independent valuer or official veterinarian prior to being culled and this valuation formed the basis of the compensation paid to the owner. Some businesses will have received more than one award.