Clause 2 - Extension of power to slaughter

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 29 November 2001.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 2:45, 29 November 2001

The amendments relate to the important issue of compensation. Amendment No. 25 refers to the 1981 Act, section 36(3) of which states:

``The compensation payable under subsection (1) or subsection (2) above for anything seized shall be its value at the time of seizure.''

Amendments Nos. 5 and 38 reinforce that point. Amendment No. 5 would require that compensation was paid at full market value. Self-evidently, it would ensure that farmers' rights were protected and that orders could not limit compensation.

Amendment No. 38 would reinforce that point by inserting:

``The Minister shall for animals slaughtered under this section pay compensation, which shall be the value of the animal immediately before it was slaughtered.''

The important point is that full compensation should be paid. I would like reassurance from the Minister on those points.