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Animal Welfare: Public Bodies

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set up a new Animal Health and Welfare Agency to work alongside a National Centre for Animal Viral Disease. (205750)

Animal Health is the Government's executive agency, which already exists to deliver animal health and welfare policies across Great Britain. The Government have recently consulted on the next steps for responsibility and cost sharing for animal health and welfare, including options for new institutional structures for responsibility sharing. The Government will be announcing their policy in due course. Animal health and welfare policy is a devolved matter and we are reviewing lessons learned from last year's foot and mouth outbreak about how we, together with the devolved Administrations, need to manage cross-border interests. As previously announced, the Government will be responding to Iain Anderson's review later in the year (including his suggestion for a National Centre for Animal Viral Diseases).