Animal Health Bill

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th January 2002.

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Photo of Mr Bill Tynan Mr Bill Tynan Labour, Hamilton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will consult on the exercise of slaughter powers and other provisions of the Animal Health Bill.

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

I am pleased to announce that the Government are today issuing a paper for public consultation. This proposes criteria that will govern the use in England and Wales of the new slaughter powers contained in the Animal Health Bill, together with arrangements for operating the adjusted compensation scheme for infected premises.

This document has been sent to around 200 organisations, although any interested parties are welcome to access it on DEFRA's website http:// www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/current.htm and respond. Copies have also been placed in the Libraries of the House.

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