HC Deb 23 March 1971 vol 814 c243
22. Mr. Farr

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will compensate the owners of vaccinated flocks which succumb to fowl pest.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

No, Sir. It is not the Government's responsibility to compensate farmers for losses from disease except where we require animals or birds to be slaughtered.

Mr. Farr

Does not my hon. Friend think that the introduction of that policy would be a useful encouragement to flock-owners to vaccinate?

Mr. Stodart

No, Sir. The policy of compensation was followed and was a failure up to 1963, when there were over 2,000 outbreaks in a year. The policy of vaccination caused the outbreaks to fall to fewer than 40, and vaccination is clearly the best policy.

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