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Animal Welfare Act 2006

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 279W, on the Animal Welfare Act 2006, what progress has been made on considering the consultation responses; and when he expects revised drafts to be published. (309329)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: The codes of practice for the welfare of cats, dogs and horses were laid before Parliament on 8 December. If approved by Parliament, they will come into force on 6 April 2010.

A summary of the responses can be found on the DEFRA website and copies of all the responses have been placed in the House Library.