Sudden Oak Death Virus

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will pay compensation to those suffering significant loss as a result of the destruction of plants or trees infected with oak death virus (Phytophtora ramorum).

Photo of Lord Whitty Lord Whitty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Food, Farming and Sustainable Energy)

Plant disease campaigns over many years have not incorporated compensation for the destruction of affected plants. Our judgment is that the limited resources of the plant health service are better deployed in detecting and, as necessary, controlling outbreaks, and in carrying out research on risks and risk management measures. However, we have recently received an approach from the industry wishing to discuss possible risk-sharing mechanisms to avoid disproportionate losses to individual enterprises when action has to be taken against plant pests or diseases and we are currently considering our response to this approach.

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