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Horses: Passports

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many horses have been issued with passports; (324877)

(2) how many horses have (a) thoroughbred, (b) individual pony and (c) Horse Society passports;

(3) how many horses are recorded on the National Equine Database.

The National Equine Database shows that as of 25 March 2010, 1,204,833 passports have been issued by UK Passport Issuing Organisations (PIOs). Of these, 342, 242 were Weatherby's Thoroughbred passports. It is not possible to provide the number of “individual pony” and “horse society” passports as a number of organisations issue passports for both horses and ponies.

As of 25 March 2010 the National Equine Database contains 1,606,680 horse records. These include data taken from passports, old breeding papers issued before the introduction of passports and horse performance records which cannot yet be matched to a passport. Therefore some horses will be dead or duplicated within the system.