Animal Health Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 7th October 2002.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Crossbench 4:30 pm, 7th October 2002

My Lords, the Minister said that he needs these measures. However, in a state of emergency, has he considered issuing orders to cover such matters? This has been done frequently to cover all sorts of situations in emergencies on previous occasions. Further, as other noble Lords, especially the noble Earl, Lord Onslow, have suggested, will the noble Lord consider taking away the Bill and rehashing it to take into account not only what the European Union is saying but also what the other reports have found? In that way, we would have something that is a composite, not a hotchpotch.