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Agriculture: Disease Testing

Volume 711: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the fees for testing disinfectants for approval for use for foot and mouth diseases and swine vesicular disease are increased from £1,490 to £1,865 by the Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants) (Fees) (England) Order 2009 (SI 2009/839). [HL3884]

The Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) delivers the administration of disinfectants testing under the approved disinfectants regime for Defra. The various tests are undertaken by the VLA and the Institute of Animal Health and charges for them are based on full cost recovery. Each year, these laboratories have to estimate the likely requirement for tests and set their charges accordingly. This process was undertaken for the tests for foot-and-mouth disease and swine vesicular disease.