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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 Colin Breed Colin Breed Liberal Democrat, South East Cornwall 5:30 pm, 4th December 2001

I support that. We can consider only what is written in the Bill. We hope that what the Minister reasonably expects will happen—that there will not be another outbreak and that the powers will be exercised responsibly and reasonably. I understand the difficulties in codifying that wish in legislation, but part of the problem with passing this legislation is that no time has been allotted to ensure that it is drafted in such a way that would enable us to support it. This group of amendments attempts to clarify the provisions, to place restrictions in certain areas and to define matters such as notice. We must put it to a vote to record the fact that we have attempted these amendments, they have been rejected, but we wish these considerations to be included in the clause.

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 7, Noes 9.