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Schedule 2 - Scrapie

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 4th December 2001.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 5:30 pm, 4th December 2001

I rise briefly to indicate that we wish to press for a vote on this group of amendments. We have argued the case forcibly. The Bill provides sweeping powers. Although the Minister has sought to give reassurance on many points, sadly, due to the wording in the Bill and because he himself admits that only a small minority of people would resist doing the right thing to contain a disease outbreak, we genuinely believe that the proposals fly in the face of natural justice. People should have a meaningful right of appeal. The great majority of the farming community should not be punished by these powers being on the statute book, irrespective of whether they are used.