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Oil and Fibre Plant Seed Certification

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The question concerned eight separate pieces of historical information for 10 separate items. The information is not of a nature that is usually consulted retrospectively during the course of seed certification and thus it would be necessary for the Government's technical contractor, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, to perform the following tasks.

It would be necessary to write ad hoc computer programmes to identify the last 10 fodder and oil seeds to have received statutory certification, to establish the date each seed was entered into the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme, to identify the nature and date of each seed's first non-statutory provisional certification and to identify the nature and date of each seed's first statutory certification.

It would be necessary also to research the certification database to identify the nature and date of each seed's second non-statutory provisional certification, to identify the nature and date of any subsequent non-statutory provisional certification (if any) in respect of the seed, to establish the date that the variety in respect of each seed was entered on the national list or common catalogue, to identify the nature and date of each seed's second statutory certification and to identify the nature and date of any subsequent certification in respect of the seed.

It would be necessary also to locate and retrieve original records in order to establish the date each seed was entered into the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme, to identify the nature and date of each seed's first non-statutory provisional certification, to identify the nature and date of each seed's second non-statutory provisional certification, to identify the nature and date of any subsequent non-statutory provisional certification (if any) in respect of the seed, to identify the nature and date of each seed's second statutory certification and to identify the nature and date of any subsequent certification in respect of the seed.

In addition to the costs of the technical contractor in undertaking these tasks, which would be passed on to MAFF through contract payments, further time would need to be spent by officials, in consultation in part with the technical contractor, in interpreting the question and preparation of the draft reply.

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Rabies: Incidence in EU

Lord Shore of Stepney asked Her Majesty's Government:

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    How many cases of rabies have been reported in the 13 continental countries of the European Union in each of the last 10 years.[HL1915]

Lord Donoughue: The information is as follows:

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(1)1988198919901991199219931994199519961997(2)1998Total
Austria1,7861,8902,5142,4601,11767525495148210,815
Belgium51584214429342612138911,858
Denmark00000031081325
Finland63600000000069
France2,2234,2142,984(3)2,1661,285261994023313,280
Germany2,628(4)6,824(5)3,0093,5991,4258451,378856153866620,869
Greece000000000000
Italy21(6)550423823611(7)100233
Luxembourg41396416211151720261
Netherlands142222128101(8)45(9)136117
Portugal000000000000
Spain060412036157 1 0 44
Sweden000000000000
Total7,25413,9988,7378,2903,9061,8761,8361,2412011349847,571

(1) Source: Rabies Bulletin Europe, WHO Collaboration Centre for Rabies Surveillance and Research, Tubingen, Germany.

(2) Covers the period January-September 1998 only; figures for the fourth quarter of 1998 have not yet been published.

(3) One case in a human imported from Mexico.

(4) This includes 3,596 cases which occurred in the former German Democratic Republic during 1989.

(5) This figure includes the rabies cases in the former German Democratic Republic for the fourth quarter only.

(6) One case in a dog imported from the Ivory Coast.

(7) Case in a human imported from Nepal.

(8) One case was in a fox imported by a dealer.

(9) An additional 21 animals suspected of rabies could not be tested as they were decayed.

(10) Thirty-eight of these cases occurred in the Spanish territories in North Africa.




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