BHIC has been informed that the Coalition Government has abandoned this Bill.
The BHIC received this message from Defra:
“Thank you for responding to the consultation on the draft Animal Health Bill published in January 2010 by the previous government. The Coalition Government does not intend to proceed with this Bill and will not respond formally to responses to the consultation. The Government will investigate ways to share with livestock keepers the responsibility for preparing for and dealing with outbreaks of disease. It will take stock of the recommendations of the independently chaired Responsibility and Cost Sharing Advisory Group before bringing forward its proposals.
The Advisory Group has been asked to report by December 2010. Information about the Advisory Group can be found on the Defra website [http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/policy/animalhealth/sharing/advisory-grp/index.htm].
The government will take account of views expressed by all interested parties.”