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Pets: Primates

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2008, Official Report, column 808W, on primates, who he has appointed to (a) advise on and (b) draft the code of practice on the private keeping of primates; and which bodies he has consulted. (250837)

DEFRA has assembled a working group to draft the code of practice on the private keeping of non-human primates. The working group is representative of and will consult with others who are either private keepers or have other relevant expertise.

The RSPCA, zoo veterinarians, veterinarian bodies, a leading primate rescue centre and a number of independent experts are involved in taking this work forward.