HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 c67W
53. Mr. Hilton

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much money has been spent by his Department on research into fowl pest during the last 12 months; and how much has been paid out in compensation as a result of fowl pest during the same period.

Mr. Vane

It is not possible to assess the cost of research into fowl pest separately from other similar activities at the Department's Veterinary Laboratories and elsewhere. During the year ended 30th November, 1960, approximately £4.1 million has been incurred in compensation of which over a quarter was paid out as a result of outbreaks in December, 1959.

Mr. Prior

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied with the policy of slaughter for fowl pest, in view of the changed conditions in the poultry industry in recent years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Soames

This policy is at present being reviewed by a Committee appointed by my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Scotland and my predecessor.