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Agriculture: Artificial Insemination

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why Scottish Ministers have been removed from the list contained in the Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination) (Amendment) Order 2007 (SI 2007/1767) of persons who may approve training courses in the artificial insemination of cows. [HL4996]

The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, under which this order was made, is not devolved in the case of Scotland. The Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination) Order 2007 (SI 2007/1315) included a reference to the Scottish Ministers because when the order was made the Artificial Insemination of Cattle (Animal Health) (Scotland) Regulations 1985 were still in force and included a provision for the Scottish Ministers to approve training courses. These regulations were made under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 1984, which is devolved.

The Artificial Insemination of Cattle (Animal Health) (Scotland) Regulations 1985 have now been revoked and replaced by the Bovine Semen (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/330), which do not include provisions as to who may carry out the artificial insemination of cows or training. Therefore, the Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination) (Amendment) Order 2007 (SI 2007/1767) amends the Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination) Order 2007 (SI 2007/1315) accordingly.