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Lord Lucas: If compensation had been paid at 100 per cent. prior to February 1990 it is estimated that the Government would have incurred an increase in compensation payments of somewhere in the order of £3.5 million.
Farmers receive the market value of their animals slaughtered as BSE suspects, up to a ceiling. The calculation of the maximum compensation rate for BSE suspect animals was changed with effect from 1st April 1994 to better reflect the age structure of the cattle population succumbing to the disease and so match market values more accurately. Had the previous method of calculation been used in the period 1st April 1994 to 31st March 1996 then expenditure on BSE compensation could have been up to £4.25 million higher, depending on the market value of the animals
Lord Lucas: We have asked Dr. Narang for details of the urine test he claims to have developed to diagnose BSE in cattle in the field. So far he has failed to provide us with any details of his test for assessment; nor has he published details of it in an independent, peer-reviewed journal, the usual way to verify such tests.
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Whether they can provide the most recent quarterly figures for the incidence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United Kingdom and whether the number of cases has declined in the last two years; and
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Whether they can provide quarterly figures broken down on a regional and United Kingdom basis for the number of recorded cases of BSE for the last two years.
|Region||2nd QTR||3rd QTR||4th QTR||1st QTR||2nd QTR||3rd QTR||4th QTR||1st QTR|
|Mid and West||1,540||1,111||1,098||1,247||821||767||642||624|
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