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Animal Welfare

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to bring forward the codes of practice provided for under the Animal Welfare Act 2006; and if he will make a statement. (167841)

During the passage of the Animal Welfare Bill, an undertaking was given to issue codes of practice on the welfare of cats and dogs, primates kept in private ownership and the rearing of game birds.

We are currently working on these codes and anticipate introducing them by early 2009. The codes will be subject to public consultation before being put to Parliament for approval.