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Volume 687: debated on Monday 18 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have plans to bring forward a new Veterinary Surgeons Bill. [HL703]

While there are some strong arguments for modernising the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (VSA), Defra has a wide-ranging agenda that it needs to take forward, both for animal health and welfare and our wider environmental objectives.

We do not currently have a firm timetable for modernising the VSA but we will work with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the wider veterinary profession to develop ideas for a new regulatory framework.