To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on how many occasions in each of the last five years officers of ADAS have visited mink and Arctic Fox fur farms.
Responsibility for this matter is delegated to ADAS and I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Gentleman direct.
Letter from Dr. J. M. Walsh to Mr. Alan Milburn, dated 28 July 1993:
In answer to your question, according to our records in each of the last five years ADAS undertook the following visits on behalf of MAFF.
- 1988 27
- 1989 31
- 1990 26
- 1991 19
- 1992 17
Over this period ADAS also undertook a small number (approximately 6) of fee paid consultancy visits to mink farms.
ADAS became an Executive Agency on 1 April 1992. The visits on behalf of MAFF are now carried out under a contract with the MAFF Policy Division. As a contracting organisation, it not our normal practice to disclose information relating to the contracts we undertake. Could I suggest that further enquiries should be directed to the Customer Group within MAFF.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) on how many occasions in the last five years officials of the state veterinary service have advised mink fur farmers to improve the conditions in which the animals are being held in order to avoid prosecution; and if he will give details;(2) on how many occasions in the last five years officials of the state veterinary service had advised Arctic fox fur farmers to improve the conditions in which the animals are being held in order to avoid prosecution; and if he will give details.
In monitoring welfare standards on fur farms, the state veterinary service operates to the guidelines laid down in the relevant recommendations adopted by the Council of Europe. Were conditions to be found which warranted immediate prosecution, we would
|EC Sugar quotas and production 1991–92|
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not hesitate to take such action. Centrally held records on the welfare inspections of fur farms date from 1990 and written advice on improvements was given in one case.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the number of mink farms over the past 10 years.
Information is only readily available for the last five years. No mink farms have been licensed during this time in Wales. Information with regards to England is as follows:
|As at 31 March 1989||52|
|As at 20 February 1990||43|
|As at 20 February 1991||25|
|As at 12 March 1992||25|
|As at 20 July 1993||13|