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Pets: EU Law

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to request an extension of the UK derogation from EU legislation for pet travel. (283640)

The European Commission recently announced a proposal to extend the UK derogation on pet travel rules until 31 December 2011. This means that, subject to the agreement of the Council and European Parliament, the UK’s current pet travel rules will remain in place until then.

In the meantime, DEFRA will continue to have discussions with the Commission and others on the movement of pets into the UK and around the wider European Community to ensure that we have the right long-term disease controls.