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Livestock: Disease Control

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with trading standards departments on the movement of livestock in restricted areas; and if he will make a statement. (174440)

Throughout the recent animal disease outbreaks, DEFRA has worked closely with the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS), which represents trading standards officers in local authorities. Trading Standards are updated on changes to movement restrictions by LACORS, which is a key operational partner that always participates actively in the National Disease Control Centre. They have been closely involved in changes to the movement regimes and have advised DEFRA on enforcement and licensing regimes.