Fees for pollution permits criticised
A UK member of parliament has criticised the
Government for charging already impoverished poultry farmers fees for permits
under the nation's new pollution prevention laws.
In a parliamentary motion, MP David Davies commented on â€œthe fragile economic state of the poultry industry following last spring's avian influenza
incident, which is estimated to have cost the industry some Â£58 million.â€
â€œ[This] was not even partially recovered by the EU special market measures that would have been worth some Â£8 million, had the Government not declined to apply for them for the UK, whilst supporting such measures for poultry farmers in 14 other member states.â€
Davies said the application fee of Â£3,331, along with ongoing fees of more than Â£2,000 per year, would divert scarce resources from poultry businesses investing in measures to comply with the requirements of the PPC regulations.
He said these burdens come â€œat a time when [poultry farmers] are trying to recover sustainable financial and market positions.â€
He called on the Government to waive, in the meantime, the introduction of charges for PPC permits in respect of poultry businesses for a period of three years.
Davies said the poultry industry has accepted the importance of the proposed controls, many of which are already good practice.
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