Avian Flu

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Shadow Minister (Food & Rural Affairs), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will seek financial assistance from the European Union in the event that the avian flu outbreak causes serious damage to the poultry market.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

In administrating a similar support regime last year, the EC made it clear that the assumption would be that no future use would be made of market support provision, and that industry would need to prepare itself for any similar market fluctuations in the future.

It has been the policy of successive UK Governments not to provide market support. Market impacts of animal disease are a risk carried by the industry. However, the Government seek to minimise that risk, particularly by encouraging wide public understanding of the issues and an evidence-based and proportionate response.

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