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February 7 2008

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080207/text/80207w0011.htm#08020798000935

 

National Fallen Stock Collection and Disposal Scheme

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the ban on on-farm burial. [184869]

Jonathan Shaw: There are no plans to review the ban on on-farm burial.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms his Department has in place to monitor the effectiveness of the ban on on-farm burial in reducing the incidence of disease amongst livestock. [184870]

Jonathan Shaw: None. The ban on burying on-farm fallen stock was introduced by the EU Animal By-Products Regulation 1774/2002. It is there to protect public and animal health from any potential risks associated with the burial of fallen stock.

The regulation was made on a precautionary basis influenced by the evidence provided in a number of scientific opinions from the EUís scientific steering committee (SSC).

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the cost to the livestock industry of removal of fallen stock and the effects of those costs on competitiveness. [184967]


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Jonathan Shaw: No such assessment has been made. However, the independent review of the national fallen stock scheme carried out in 2006 did an analysis of such costs and the impact on producers of the costs of fallen stock disposal. The report is available on the DEFRA website.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of livestock producers were members of the National Fallen Stock Scheme in each of the last three years. [184862]

Jonathan Shaw: The national fallen stock scheme has had around 40,000 members for the past three years. The independent review of the scheme, carried out in 2006, estimated this constituted between 55 per cent. and 61 per cent. of the potential total membership in the UK.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendations of the independent review of the National Fallen Stock Scheme and Company. [184868]

Jonathan Shaw: The Government response to the independent review was published in February 2007 and a copy of that response is available on the DEFRA website. It noted that the Government was in the process of considering the National Fallen Stock Company business plan and wished to discuss it further with the company, with the aim of agreeing a joint way forward which could be put to the livestock industry.

Since then, the Government have endorsed the companyís business plan and is providing assistance in taking it forward. The Government remains in discussion with the company about its future operations and ownership. Once these discussions have concluded and the outcome has been put to the livestock industry, a further response will be published.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the National Fallen Stock Scheme. [184871]

Jonathan Shaw: The Government are satisfied with the effectiveness of the arrangements for collecting and disposing of animals under the national fallen stock scheme.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the National Fallen Stock Scheme on the level of stock collection prices. [184952]

Jonathan Shaw: No such assessment has been made. However, changes in fallen stock collection prices were analysed as part of the independent review of the national fallen stock scheme carried out in 2006. The report is available on the DEFRA website.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average stock collection price was for (a) each type of animal and (b) in each region in each of the last three years. [184953]


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Jonathan Shaw: The Government do not collect such data. However, some information on collection prices by species and region is available in the report of the independent review of the national fallen stock scheme carried out in 2006. The report is available on the DEFRA website.

Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department proposes to make available for the National Fallen Stock Scheme in each of the next three years; what allocations were originally made to the scheme for those years; and whether such funding is to continue after 2011. [184968]

Jonathan Shaw: DEFRA has no current plans to make funding available beyond the previously agreed period ending November 2008.