Livestock Markets

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Ian Liddell-Grainger Ian Liddell-Grainger Conservative, Bridgwater

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what long-term plans her Department has for local collection points at livestock markets; what plans she has (a) to help livestock farmers to off-set the costs of having their livestock collected at markets and (b) for assisting markets with the costs they incur in acting as collection points.

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

The question of whether, and if so under what conditions, livestock markets will reopen is kept under review in the light of the developing disease situation.

There are no plans to offer subsidies (a) to farmers to offset the cost of having livestock collected at markets or (b) to markets to offset costs incurred in acting as collecting points.

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