Tuberculosis Reactors (Compensation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th February 1972.

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Photo of Mr Charles Morrison Mr Charles Morrison , Devizes 12:00 am, 29th February 1972

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will review the level of compensation paid in respect of tuberculosis reactors in the light of current cattle prices.

Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend and his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland are reviewing the present ceiling on compensation of £120 per animal.

Photo of Mr Charles Morrison Mr Charles Morrison , Devizes

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that reply. Can he give an indication when the review might be completed, because he will realise that the present disparity between compensation and cattle prices is causing a good deal of difficulty to many farmers who have suffered outbreaks of tuberculosis?

Photo of Mr James Stodart Mr James Stodart , Edinburgh West

I hope that the review will not take long. I appreciate the point about the recent and sudden rise in values, and this justifies the review.