Foot and Mouth

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2001.

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Photo of David Maclean David Maclean Shadow Chief Whip (Commons), Opposition Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in Cumbria have been notified that the numbers of sheep collected by lorries in the voluntary cull were less than the numbers previously valued.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA/MAFF received over 2,100 compensation claims in total as a result of the 3km cull. Around 200 farmers were initially paid for less than the total number of animals shown on the valuation. This was because of differences between the number of animals valued and the number shown as collected.

Farmers who were not paid their full valuation were told that the reduction was an interim measure to allow us to pay them something and they were given an opportunity to make representations and submit additional information to allow us to reassess their case. Following receipt of additional evidence and information we have authorised 169 additional payments in respect of the valuations originally reduced because of discrepancies between numbers claimed and collected.

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