Clause 6 - Treatment: power of entry

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 4 December 2001.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 6:45, 4 December 2001

I rise briefly to support the hon. Gentleman's amendment, which would leave out the phrase,

''if necessary using reasonable force, for the purpose mentioned in subsection (2).''

I agree that our thrust should be to gain the confidence of farmers in future and achieve what needs to be done on scrapie and other problems through co-operation. It is difficult to define ''reasonable force''. If I shut and padlock the farm gates and someone cuts through the padlock and bashes down the gate, does that amount to ''reasonable force''. I honestly do not know what it is, but I do not want any force to be used. Other methods such as co-operation should be encouraged. Including ''reasonable force'' in the Bill is unnecessary.