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Animal Welfare: Transport

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 334W, on animal welfare: transport, what the figure of 217 non-returned journey logs represents in terms of the proportion of journey logs approved by his Department between 5 January and 30 March 2007; how many of the 217 journey logs have still not been returned; and what steps he is taking in respect of those persons and organisations that have failed to return journey logs on time and in compliance with the legal requirements. (142693)

The information requested is set out in the following table. The data have been collated from spreadsheets completed by Animal Health Divisional Offices from 5 January 2007 to 30 April 2007.


Total number of journey logs approved


Number of journey logs not returned within one calendar month1


Number of journey logs still outstanding


Percentage outstanding


1 This figure has increased since the answer given on 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 334W, due to additional data being entered onto journey log spreadsheets.

Warning letters have been issued, as the standard response, to transporters who have not returned journey logs. These letters cautioned that non-compliance with journey log rules, as per Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005, may lead to future journey logs not being processed until outstanding logs are returned, with the possibility that repeated offences will lead to conditions being imposed on Transporter Authorisations.