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Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to levy a tax on the ownership of horses; if so, what amount would be payable per animal; and whether they intend to extend that tax to the ownership of ponies and native horse or pony breeds. [HL4899]

Specific proposals on how responsibilities and costs for animal health could be shared in the future, including the scope and application of a registration-based disease levy, have been subject to a recent three-month period of intensive public consultation. Final decisions as to whether owners of horses should contribute to a disease levy will be taken in the light of responses to that public consultation.