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Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the cost to his Department of the fees charged by Product Authentication International in respect of the Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme. (319441)

In respect of the Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme, the companies participating in the scheme pay for the fees charged by Product Authentication International. For this reason, there are no costs to DEFRA or any Government Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest assessment is of the financial effects on individual farms of the Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme; and if he will make a statement. (319442)

The Fertiliser Industry Assurance scheme has no direct financial effect on individual farms. The scheme was designed specifically for the fertiliser supply chain. For this reason, there are no individual farms signed up as members of the scheme.