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Rabies

Volume 929: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why recommendation No. 5 of the interim report of the Waterhouse Committee on Vaccination of Dogs Prior to Entry was not implemented.

This recommendation in the committee's intermin report was not carried through into its final report, and I would refer the hon. Member to paragraph 6.9 of the Final Report (Cmnd. 4696). The main reasons for not requiring anti-rabies vaccination prior to import are that in many parts of the world it would be difficult to guarantee the authenticity of the vaccines and the related certification: and in some countries vaccines are not available or their use is prohibited. We prefer to rely on mandatory vaccination of dogs and cats immediately on arrival in Great Britain, allied to quarantine measures, in line with the committee's final recommendations.