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Live Animals (Exports)

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he is satisfied that EEC regulations and United Kingdom regulations in connection with the export of live animals are being vigilantly monitored in the EEC and in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

The export of live animals is governed by a number of regulations relating both to the operation of the common agricultural policy, and to the need to prevent the spread of animal disease and to protect the welfare of the animals. I and my colleagues, who are responsible for the operation of the United Kingdom regulations, are satisfied that there are adequate arrangements to enforce them. The Commission of the European Community is responsible for ensuring that the common measures adopted by the Community are applied: I have no reason to believe that it has not discharged these particular responsibilities in a satisfactory manner.