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Export Health Certificates

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of export health certificates have been granted within agreed timeframes in each year since 1997. (76340)

The state veterinary service (SVS) only holds reliable and accessible figures for the period from January to April 2006. Applications for export certificates need to be made 10 working days before export. The following table shows the SVS success rate for timely applications:

Success rate (percentage)

January 2006

99.7

February 2006

99.8

March 2006

99.5

April 2006

99.2

This compares favourably with the SVS's target of processing 95 per cent. of timely applications within the agreed time frame.