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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 9 February 2009

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Animal Welfare: Codes of Practice

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which codes of conduct to be issued under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 the Government is currently working on; and which bodies have been appointed to advise on each code.

[Official Report, 12 January 2009, Vol. 486, c. 207-08W.]

Letter of correction from Jane Kennedy:

An error has been identified in the final paragraph of the written answer given to the hon. Member for Leominster (Bill Wiggin) on 12 January 2009. The final paragraph was as follows:

Gamebirds: Animal Health, British Association for Sport Shooting, Countryside Alliance, Country Landowners Association, Game Conservancy Trust, Game Farmers Association, League Against Cruel Sports, National Gamekeepers Association, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and two independent advisers. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government will act as observers.

The correct answer should have been: (243291)

DEFRA is currently consulting on three draft codes of practice to be made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006—cats, dogs and equines. We are also proposing to draft codes on the private keeping of primates and on the rearing of gamebirds for sporting purposes.

DEFRA has had the assistance and co-operation of the following stakeholders in the preparation of these codes:

Cat: British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Companion Animal Welfare Council, Feline Advisory Bureau, Pet Care Trust, Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals, Pet Food Manufacturers Association, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and an independent veterinary adviser. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government acted as observers.

Dog: Companion Animal Welfare Council, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust, Kennel Club, Pet Care Trust, Pet Food Manufacturers Association, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and an independent veterinary adviser. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the National Assembly for Wales acted as observers.

Equine: DEFRA is consulting on a similar code of practice prepared by the Welsh Assembly Government. This code was prepared by Welsh Assembly Government in consultation with a number of horse interest bodies.

Primates: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a combination of animal keepers, dealers, with an interest in primates. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government will act as observers.

Gamebirds: Animal Health, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Countryside Alliance, Country Landowners Association, Game Conservancy Trust, Game Farmers Association, League Against Cruel Sports, National Gamekeepers Association, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and two independent advisers. Representatives from the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government will act as observers.

Work and Pensions

Pensioner Poverty

The Minister will be aware that there are a significant number of expatriate pensioners living in France and other European countries who are suffering considerable poverty as a result of the Government’s inability to honour the European Court’s findings and to pay to them the disability living allowance and other benefits to which they are entitled. When are the Government going to make a decision on that issue?

[Official Report, 2 February 2009, Vol. 487, c. 564-65.]

Letter of correction from Ms Rosie Winterton:

An error has been identified in the oral answer given to the hon. Member for North Thanet (Mr. Gale) Oral Questions on 2 February 2009. The full answer given was as follows:

We have been clear that if people claimed the benefit before they moved abroad, they are entitled to continue to claim it. For people who are eligible for it, it is frozen at the limit at which they received it before they left.

The correct answer should have been:

We have been clear that if people claimed the benefit before they moved abroad they are entitled to continue to claim it for people who are eligible for it. It is not frozen at the limit at which they received it before they left.

Defence

United States Missile Defence Shield

…..All I can say is that up to now—this information has been in the public domain—there have been quite a number of firings by the Americans of their anti-ballistic missile systems. There have been 47 successes so far, as against 37 failures.

[Official Report, 4 February 2009, Vol. 487, c. 949-52.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Quentin Davies:

An error has been identified during the end of day adjournment debate on the US missile defence shield on 4 February 2009. The answer given stated:

…..All I can say is that up to now—this information has been in the public domain—there have been quite a number of firings by the Americans of their anti-ballistic missile systems. There have been 47 successes so far, as against 37 failures.

The correct answer should have been:

…..All I can say is that up to now—this information has been in the public domain— there have been quite a number of firings by the Americans of their anti-ballistic missile systems. There have been 37 successes so far, as against 10 failures.