asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they did not support a claim for compensation from United Kingdom poultry producers in relation to avian influenza while supporting claims from poultry producers from 14 other European Union member states; and, if so, why they did not support it.[HL6810]
Recent amendments to EU Council Regulations 2777/75 and 2771/75 provide legal powers to make special support measures available to member states in the event of a significant decline in consumer confidence in poultry products as a direct result of avian influenza, causing the market to collapse.
It is a long-established government policy that accommodating market fluctuations is something for the industry to manage. It is principally for this reason that we do not propose to exercise the EC provision to provide these exceptional market support measures.