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Lord Donoughue: It is not the Government's intention to put out of business small and medium-sized abattoirs, and in particular those specialising in a high quality product. The Government have listened carefully to the representations made by the industry and others about the level of meat hygiene charges. As a result, the Government have announced a complete deferral of the Specified Risk Material inspection costs for this financial year--a saving to the industry of around £20 million.
In addition, the Government have also announced a further close examination of the dynamics of the slaughtering sector and the impact of these charges on abattoirs and on livestock producers. The Government will also look at the EC legislation and the way in which inspections are carried out to ensure that, when charges are set, they are as low as possible consistent with maintaining public safety and honouring our obligations under EU law. The Government remain of the view, however, that it is right in principle to recover inspection costs from the industry.
Lord Donoughue: The reply I gave to the noble Lord on 21 April (WA 163) reflected the view expressed by the Royal Society in its recent review, Genetically Modified Plants for Food Use. The Ministry is funding several research projects on this issue and will publish their results when completed in the normal way.
Lord Donoughue: The Government do not subsidise genetically modified food on the market in the United Kingdom. While the development and enforcement of regulations on food safety is, in general, funded by the taxpayer, companies seeking approval of a novel food in the UK pay an application fee, which covers the full cost of the safety assessment. The Government do however fund generic research on the safety of novel foods to ensure that the assessment procedures used by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes keep up with developments in scientific knowledge.
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