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Animal Exports

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) place of departure, (b) final destination and (c) total journey time from the place of departure to the final destination was of each of the consignments of calves exported from Dover on 11 October; and if he will make a statement. (95758)

On 11 October, 14 consignments of calves were exported from Dover. Two consignments came from Wales, two came from the West Country, five came from the North and five came from the Midlands. Eight consignments went to Belgium, two went to France and four went to Spain.

The duration of the journeys cannot be verified until the transporters return their route plans. They are required to do so 15 days after completion of each journey.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that suitable premises are available in the vicinity of Dover docks to which live animals destined for export can be taken and unloaded and given food, liquid and rest in the event of a substantial delay in the departure of the ship on which they are due to be transported; and if he will make a statement. (95783)

It is the responsibility of transporters to ensure that suitable premises are available, when necessary, for their animals to be given food, liquid and rest, and to have contingency plans to deal with unforeseen delays to journeys.