§ Dawn Primarolo
[holding answer 16 March 2001]There are currently no such plans, but the Government keep all taxes under review.
In his statement to the House, the Minister for the Environment announced a preliminary package of measures to alleviate the immediate financial hardship of small businesses in rural areas which have been badly hit by the sudden decrease in visitors and other knock-on effects of the foot and mouth outbreak.
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
[holding answer 20 March 2001]Government policy is to eradicate foot and mouth disease from the UK. All efforts are being made to achieve this. It is not possible at this stage to make a robust assessment of the economic impact.