The British Poultry Council has called for an immediate suspension of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) fees until the government has completed its urgent review of the inspection charges.

This call follows last week’s announcement by junior DEFRA minister Lord Rooker that NFU director general Richard McDonald was to look at more-cost effective solutions, such as incorporating inspections within existing assurance schemes.

BPC chairman Ted Wright highlighted the plight of the poultry sector, which faced a £4m bill from the Environment Agency over the coming four weeks for the IPPC permits.

“It is good news that the role of assurance schemes and the permitting charges is to be examined in the urgent review. We [BPC] are pleased that the Council’s joint lobbying with other poultry bodies had succeeded in a review.”

He added that the BPC is ready to work closely with Mr MacDonald.