HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 cc777-8W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of the on-farm burial ban; and if she will make a statement. [129789]

Mr. Bradshaw

No formal assessment has been made, although clearly the ban will have an impact on those farmers who had previously buried fallen stock on farm. That is why the Government have announced they are setting up a low cost voluntary national fallen stock scheme in conjunction with the livestock industry to assist farmers in adapting to the new requirements for disposal of fallen stock.

In the interim, the Fallen Stock helpline on 0845 8507070 can give advice to farmers on collection services in their area to enable them to dispose of their fallen stock now.

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