HL Deb 04 March 1997 vol 578 c127WA
Lord Thomson of Monifieth

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What research into the design, operation and location of incinerators for the large-scale cremation of cows has been initiated by the Government through Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution or elsewhere; and what is the cost.

The Minister of State, Department of the Environment (Earl Ferrers)

The Environment Agency, a successor body of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution, has carried out research into the design, operation and environmental performance of all types of incinerators, including animal carcase incinerators. This research formed the basis of its guidance note which was published in October 1996. This note does not cover location, as this is a matter for the operator. The cost of this work attributable to the animal carcase incinerators was of the order of £23,000.