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Sheep: Electronic Tagging

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the cost to farmers of compliance with the new measures for electronic identification of sheep; (253946)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect of the new measures for electronic identification of sheep on the sustainability of the farming industry; and if he will make a statement.

A regulatory impact assessment has been produced for England, a copy of which is available on the DEFRA website. An updated version to take account of changes to Council Regulation 21/2004 that were negotiated over the summer and more detailed implementation options will accompany the consultation that is planned for the spring.

Electronic identification of sheep is an EU requirement, but the administration and implementation of it is an issue for devolved administrations.