§ Lord Jones
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their estimate of the total number of beasts deemed to have suffered foot and mouth disease in the recent outbreak in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland. [HL4490]
§ Lord Whitty
The following table sets out the number of animals slaughtered on infected premises in England, Scotland and Wales during the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Figures for Northern Ireland are a matter for the devolved administration.
Infected premises are those where one or more animals have been confirmed as having foot and mouth disease on the basis either of clinical examination by a veterinarian or of laboratory test results, or both. Not all the animals on such premises will necessarily have developed the disease at the time slaughter takes place, although all will have been exposed to the infection in some way.