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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (England) Regulations 2002, which came into force on 19 April 2002, require the vertebral column of all cattle over 30 months to be removed, stained and disposed of as specified risk material. The vertebral column of such animals must be removed at cutting plants specifically licensed for the purpose, under the supervision of the Meat Hygiene Service.
In the United Kingdom, the only cattle aged over 30 months at slaughter that may enter the food chain are those from low BSE-risk beef assurance scheme (BAS) herds, as they are the only domestic animals exempt from the general prohibition on the sale for humanconsumption of fresh meat from bovines aged over 30 months. Previously there had been no domestic requirement to remove vertebral column from BAS animals.
13 May 2002 : Column WA23 Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: As set out in the White paper Smoking Kills, we are working with businesses and others to achieve change on exposure to tobacco smoke. Smoking on public transport is a matter for the
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): Such a person would have to reach the age of 84, assuming no uprating and no investment return on the income forgone. Whether it is worthwhile to defer retirement pension depends on the circumstances of the person concerned.
Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Income-related benefits (IRBs) normally take child benefit into account as income in the assessment. This has the effect of reducing the amount of the IRB payable. The implications for the IRBs would have to be considered in any development of child benefit policy.
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