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Animal Health Bill

11.36 a.m.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): My Lords, I beg to move that the Commons amendments and reason be now considered.

Moved, That the Commons amendments and reason be now considered.—(Lord Whitty.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS TO BE MOVED ON CONSIDERATION OF COMMONS AMENDMENTS AND REASON

[The page and line refer to HL Bill 37 as first printed for the Lords.]
LORDS AMENDMENT

1Clause 1, page 1, line 3, at end insert—


    "( ) In the Animal Health Act 1981 (c. 22) (in this Act referred to as the 1981 Act) before paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 insert—


    "(2A) The Secretary of State shall give priority to a "vaccinate to live" policy prior to causing to be slaughtered animals on premises where no infection has been detected.""


    The Commons disagreed to this amendment but proposed the following amendment in lieu thereof—


1APage 10, line 9, at end insert the following new Clause—
"Duty to consider vaccination
In the 1981 Act the following section is inserted after section 14A (as inserted by section (National contingency plan)) of this Act.—
"14B Duty to consider vaccination


    (1) In relation to any occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease the Secretary of State must consider what is the most appropriate means of preventing the spread of the disease.


    (2) In particular he must consider whether in relation to the occurrence treating animals with serum or vaccine is more appropriate than any other means of preventing the spread of the disease."."