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Animals: Quarantine

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department next plans to review the list of non-EU countries and territories from which mammals may enter the UK under the PETS Scheme without going into quarantine. (296378)

[holding answer 29 October 2009]: The PETS travel scheme and quarantine requirements are in place to protect the UK from serious diseases, such as rabies.

The list of countries from which animals may enter the UK under the PETS scheme without going into quarantine is set out in European legislation (see Annex II of Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 as amended). In order to be included in that list, countries need to demonstrate to the European Commission that they meet certain criteria set out in the regulation. Inclusion is then subject to agreement by EU member states.