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Agriculture: Bovine Semen

Volume 693: debated on Monday 9 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to Section 40 of the Bovine Semen (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1319), whether the requirement for the Secretary of State to examine all bovine semen centres at least twice a year is required by European Union legislation; and, if so, what is the reference. [HL4542]

The conditions relating to Regulation 40 of the Bovine Semen (England) Regulations 2007 on official supervision of bovine semen centres reflect current European Union legislation requirements. Council Directive 88/407/EC (Annex A, Chapter II, 1C) as amended, states that a centre must be inspected by an official veterinarian at least twice a year in the context of standing checks on the conditions of approval and suspension. The official veterinarian here refers to a member of Animal Health acting as an agent of the Secretary of State in accordance with the definition of “official veterinarian” at Article 2 of Directive 88/407.

Council Directive 88/407 was subject to an inspection mission undertaken by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) carried out between 24 and 28 April 2006 in order to examine the UK’s implementation of EU animal health legislation relating to intra-Community trade in bovine semen. The FVO’s draft report indicated that the UK was viewed to be in compliance with this particular issue.