Animal Health Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 7th October 2002.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative 5:45 pm, 7th October 2002

moved Amendment No. 103A:

Before Clause 1, insert the following new clause—

:TITLE3:"PART C1

:TITLE3:STRATEGY

STRATEGY FOR CONTROLLING ANIMAL DISEASES

Before section 15 of the Animal Health Act 1981 (c. 22) there is inserted—

"14A STRATEGY

(1) The Minister may produce a strategy for controlling the incidence of the diseases listed in Schedule 2A in the United Kingdom.

(2) The strategy shall include—

(a) a three-yearly review of the world-wide incidence of each of the diseases listed in Schedule 2A;

(b) the resultant recommendation of steps to be taken in the United Kingdom to prevent the incidence of each disease listed in Schedule 2A;

(c) the incorporation of the steps identified in paragraph (b) into a contingency plan for each disease;

(d) the publication of each contingency plan;

(e) the annual testing of each contingency plan and the publication within six months of a critique of the outcome of the tests;

(f) the implementation of the relevant contingency plan upon the outbreak of any disease;

(g) the monitoring of the implementation of each contingency plan;

(h) the reporting, within four months of the official notification of the end of any disease outbreak, of the successes, failures, strengths and weaknesses of the control process and of the method of implementation.

(3) The Minister may investigate, recommend and implement vaccination programmes—

(a) for the emergency control of any disease listed in Schedule 2A in any animal species; and

(b) for the permanent control of all such diseases in animals in particular circumstances.

(4) The Minister may fund research into levels of susceptibility to diseases listed in Schedule 2A experienced within the United Kingdom since 1992, as between species and within each one according to the circumstances of the affected animals.

(5) The Minister may collate research into the viability of permanent vaccination programmes against diseases listed in Schedule 2A.""