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Animal Exports

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) live calves and (b) live sheep have been exported for (i) slaughter and (ii) further fattening since 1 May, broken down by country of destination. (95755)

As at 11 October, the number of calves exported from the UK to mainland Europe for fattening, prior to slaughter this year, by country, are in the following table:

Country

Estimated number of Calves

Belgium

11,526

France

2,349

Germany

34

Italy

738

Netherlands

25,511

Spain

3,200

Total

43,358

These figures have been taken from the Cattle Tracing System.

Equivalent figures for sheep are not available. However, information from the European Union-wide Trade Control and Expert System, TRACES, (based on export health certification) indicates that sheep exports to mainland Europe from 1 May to 30 September were:

Country

Estimated Number of Sheep

France

24,452

Germany

6,947

Italy

8,578

Netherlands

2,624

Total

42,601

These figures represent the number of sheep on applications for export health certificates. Not all these sheep will have been subsequently exported. The figures therefore represent a maximum. TRACES does not distinguish between the purpose of exports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he takes to establish whether live calves exported to other European Union Member States are unloaded after 18 hours of travel and given at least 24 hours rest, food and liquid as required by Council Directive 91/628/EEC concerning the protection of animals during transport; and if he will make a statement. (95756)

Responsibility for applying Council Directive 91/628/EEC in other member states rests with the relevant competent authority in those countries. However, state veterinary service staff at Animal Health Divisional Offices check route plans when they are returned by transporters. Transporters are required to record details of the actual journey undertaken and to explain any variations from the journey planned.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) live calves and (b) live sheep destined for export have been rejected prior to export since May 2006 at (i) the place of origin and (ii) the port; and if he will make a statement. (95757)

This information is no longer collected. Following increased levels of exports, the use made of this data could no longer justify the resources required to collect it.