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Battery Cages

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent developments there have been in the EU Agriculture Council on the timetable for the ban on battery cages. (97683)

There have been no recent developments on this issue in the European Union Agriculture Council. Under Council Directive 99/74/EC, conventional cages will be banned from 2012.

The European Commission's report on the various rearing systems for laying hens is overdue, but is expected by the end of the year. Further information is available on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/layers/index.htm.