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Livestock: Exports

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) unweaned calves, (b) cattle, (c) sheep and (d) other livestock species were exported for (i) further fattening and (ii) slaughter in 2009. (319974)

Statistics on numbers of animals consigned for export from Great Britain are not routinely collated (although numbers of export consignments are). Nor are statistics collated on whether consignments are for breeding, further fattening or slaughter, or numbers of weaned or unweaned calves.

Information for trade within the European Union is currently being sought through the European Commission. However, the system used to access this has been unavailable since 22 February although the Commission has been contacted and is expected to provide this information shortly. The information for non-EU trade can be gathered by scrutinising the export certificates for each of the 49 consignments in 2009, though this could not be achieved within the timescale required for this response but will be supplied subsequently.