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Foot and Mouth

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) outcome of her Department's negotiations with the European Commission in respect of the request for financial aid to assist in the management of the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001 and (b) the comments by the European Commission on the handling of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. [200731]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 30 November 2004]: The Department has recently concluded its negotiations with the European Commission and as a result the United Kingdom will receive a total of 350 million in co-financing for the 2001 outbreak.

The United Kingdom will continue to work with the European Commission and other member states to ensure that the lessons learned from the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2001 are applied.