§ Baroness Byford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Following the foot and mouth outbreak, how many claims are still unsettled; and what are the total moneys outstanding. [HL4881]
§ Lord Whitty
There have been over 2,000 claims made against Defra by farmers, businesses and other members of the public saying they were affected in some way by the outbreaks. Defra has so far responded with a decision in all but 43 cases. The decision is disputed in a further 16 cases. It is not possible to estimate the quantum involved in the remaining cases because not all the claimants have particularised their claims and in any case Defra is defending them.