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Public Accounts Committee Publications

Public Accounts - Third Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 1 December 2003.


Terms of Reference



Conclusions and recommendations

1 Improving the effectiveness of farm inspections

Raising the quality of inspections

Identifying sheep losses

Applying the Unnotified Locations Rule

Securing the co-operation of farmers at inspection

2 Raising the standard of flock records and flock markings

Improving flock records

Improving flock markings

Introducing sheep tagging

3 Improving payment controls

Detecting irregularities

Introducing digital mapping

4 Applying penalties for irregularities

Increasing the rate of penalties applied

Introducing penalties for poor flock records and markings

5 Combating fraud

Improving case handling procedures

Addressing conflicts of interest and the risk of collusion

Shortfall in sheep numbers discovered during the Foot and Mouth cull

Estimating the total level of fraud

Discrepancies highlighted by the Livestock and Meat Commission

General comments

Formal minutes


List of written evidence


Wednesday 2 July 2003

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