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Public Bodies: Animal Welfare

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of his Department’s advisory non-departmental public bodies are directly or indirectly connected with animal health and welfare; whether an animal welfare specialist is represented on each; and if he will make a statement. (117674)

The information requested is set out in the following table.

Non-departmental public body

Animal welfare specialist?

Farm Animal Welfare Council

Yes

Animal Health and Welfare Strategy England Implementation Group (EIG)

Yes

Independent Scientific Group on TB in Cattle

No animal welfare specialist but members have related experience in differing fields including wildlife diseases/badger ecology

Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC)

No animal welfare specialist but deputy chair is a practicing vet

Veterinary Products Committee

No animal welfare specialist but members are experienced in various fields including veterinary surgeons and toxicologists

Veterinary Residues Committee

The Committee’s terms of reference do not cover animal welfare