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Lord Whitty: An independent expert will be asked to determine the value of relevant carcasses, parts or blood. The expert will be appointed, if possible, with the agreement of the owner. If no agreement can be reached, the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors will be asked to nominate an individual to act as arbitrator. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will pay the costs of the arbitrator and will pay compensation to the owner as recommended by the arbitrator.
Lord Whitty: Before any veterinary medicine can be placed on the market in the UK, its safety, quality and efficacy must be assessed by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, the UK regulatory authority for veterinary medicines, or by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency. Safety in this context includes safety to the environment as well as to the animal and the user.
Post marketing surveillance is carried out under the Suspected Adverse Reaction Surveillance Scheme, which receives reports on any pollution incidents involving veterinary medicines from the Environment Agency.
The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The House of Commons Resolution of 9 May allows Members of that House to be reimbursed for the costs of travelling on parliamentary duties between the United Kingdom and any European Union institution in Brussels, Luxembourg or Strasbourg and to the national parliament of an EU state or a candidate country. It therefore does not extend to more general travel to any part of an EU country or candidate country which the noble Lord may have in mind.
Any similar allowance for Members of the House of Lords would need to be implemented by a Resolution of the House. Any such Resolution would normally only be moved following a recommendation from the Senior Salaries Review Body. The SSRB has not hitherto considered this matter in relation to the House of Lords; and I will take steps to consult the chairman about it.
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