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Schedule 2 - Scrapie

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 4th December 2001.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 6:15 pm, 4th December 2001

The Minister said that he knows of one case in which a farmer had refused to co-operate when he had disease on the farm. That is an exceptional situation, but there are many other cases in which good evidence could be produced that people would have been caught by the Bill. Is it proportionate and just that one should legislate for the odd case of someone whom we would all condemn, who must be insane, mad or irresponsible, when the greater majority of people only wish to do the right thing? Under the Bill, the would have committed a criminal offence if, even for good reasons, they did not wish to give assistance to the inspector. The balance is not right and we will therefore press the amendments to a Division.