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Schedule 2 - Scrapie

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 4th December 2001.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 4:45 pm, 4th December 2001

My hon. Friend is right to say that the proposed new section gives inspectors carte blanche. We have used the word ''proportionate'' in previous debates, but we have not used it today. The powers that the new section gives the Minister and his official, the inspector, are simply disproportionate. The farmer, the landowner or the occupier appears to have no rights whatever.