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Livestock: Registration

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to require livestock keepers to enter into a compulsory registration scheme; and if he will make a statement. (250839)

A compulsory annual fee based registration scheme of livestock keepers is being considered as part of the wider responsibility and cost sharing agenda for animal health. The purpose of the scheme would be to raise contributions from industry towards the control and eradications of exotic diseases. We plan to consult on specific proposals for implementing responsibility and cost sharing for animal health shortly.