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Poultry: EU Action

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he expects secondary legislation to be brought forward on the transposition of the EU Broiler Chicken Directive into UK law; (221260)

(2) if he will consider the case, when bringing forward secondary legislation to transpose the EU Broiler Chicken Directive into EU law, for setting the UK maximum stocking density at 30kg per square metre;

(3) what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the transposition of the EU Chicken Broiler Directive into UK law on the level of UK animal welfare standards.

We welcome EU directive 2007/43/EC setting out minimum standards for the welfare of broiler chickens, which was agreed in June 2007. The directive will deliver real welfare benefits for broilers while balancing economic, social and environmental impacts.

Legislation to implement the directive into UK law will be produced to meet the directive implementation date of 30 June 2010.

There is no maximum stocking density for intensive meat chicken production currently set down in domestic law. A full public consultation will be undertaken early next year on the proposed legislation, including provisions on stocking density.