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Fur Farming

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether fur farmers whose businesses were terminated on the bringing into force of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 have received financial compensation arising from that Act; and, if so, what was the range of amounts paid to them. [HL3955]

Eleven former fur farmers submitted claims for compensation as a result of the ban on fur farming under the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000. Four of these claims have been settled. The remaining seven claims remain in dispute and are currently being progressed through formal arbitration.

As seven of the claims remain in dispute, it would be inappropriate to release information relating to the settled compensation claims, as it could undermine the effective conduct of negotiations at a sensitive time and have a prejudicial effect on the outcome of the unsettled claims.

The outcome of arbitration is confidential between the parties. However, information relating to the total amount of compensation paid will be published once all the claims have been settled.