Foot and Mouth/Bluetongue
Opposition Day — [20th Allotted Day — First Part]
Richard Benyon (Whip, Whips; Newbury, Conservative)
As a dairy farmer close to the exclusion zone, I must refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members' Interests. The Institute for Animal Health, at Compton, is in my constituency, so a lot of scientists—past and present—live there. There is great anger among them at the fact that the Government are ignoring the way in which they go about their business, which is world renowned. They believe that the Government just want to dip in and out of the science and get a quick-fix solution. The actual solution is to look at the whole biology of these pathogens, but the scientists are prevented from doing so by the manner of their funding.