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Baroness Hayman: Under the Specified Risk Material Regulations 1997 (as amended), the heads of sheep (including the pituitary) are designated as SRM. They must therefore be removed, stained and disposed of in accordance with the regulations.
Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 (as amended): Nothing must be done which would risk contamination of fresh meat intended for human consumption (Schedule 7.1), but there is an exemption from the regulations for fresh meat intended for special studies or analysis (Regulation 3(1)(c)). In addition, the plant operator has a duty to take all practical steps to secure compliance with the provisions of the regulations by any person employed by him or invited on to the premises (Regulation 20(1)(b)).
Animal By Products (Identification) Regulations 1995 (as amended): Animal by-products (as defined) must be immediately stained or sterilised, subject to a number of exemptions as set out in Regulation 5(2).
Specified Risk Material Regulations 1997 (as amended): All specified risk material must be stained blue immediately after removal from the carcass and sent to an approved premises for disposal in accordance with the regulations. Limited exemptions from the staining requirement, includng in veterinary or medical premises for instructional, diagnostic or research purposes, are set out in Regulation 5(3).
Baroness Hayman: We sought views on the option within the Rural Development Regulation for an early retirement scheme for farmers as part of its consultations on a New Direction for Agriculture last year. These included inviting written responses to two consultation documents: Towards a New Direction for UK agriculture--Agenda 2000 CAP reform (January 1999) and A New Direction for Agriculture--a consultation document (August 1999), together with widespread regional consultation meetings.
Baroness Hayman: The Health and Safety Executive holds discussions with the holders of sheep dip marketing authorisations about matters within the remit of the executive's responsibilities. This includes the use of organophosphorus (OP) compounds and the design of containers of concentrated dip. Changes in container design were made following the VPC's recommendations in 1994 and 1995. However, the report of the Institute of Occupational Medicine in July 1999 clearly highlighted inconsistencies in the
Marketing authorisation holders have co-operated with the withdrawal of products from the market. Representations have been made by farming interests and marketing authorisation holders drawing attention to potential sheep welfare problems that might arise due to the unavailability of OP dips and arguing that the current suspension of authorisations should be lifted for a period while work on improved container design is undertaken.
Baroness Hayman: The stabiliser, epichlorohydrin, was replaced in the production of diazinon, the active ingredient of Top Clip Gold Shield sheep dip, in 1981 when it was removed from the formulation by the manufacturers of the active ingredient due to its suspected carcinogenicity. There is no record that the change was reported to the Veterinary Products Committee.
Baroness Hayman: Publication of individual grant awards would reveal the investment made by beneficiaries, as match-funding is the norm under the Agriculture Development Scheme 1999. SMEs in particular are often concerned that knowledge of the level of their financial commitment would afford competitors an insight into the scale and potential
The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington): All the decisions about the publication and presentation of the report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform were taken by the commission itself without reference to the Government. The written and oral evidence submitted to the Royal Commission has been published on CD-ROM, making it highly accessible at minimal cost. I understand that there are no plans to publish that evidence in written form.
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