Results 1–20 of 1359 for speaker:David Rutley

Cat Welfare (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham and Rainham (Rehman Chishti) on securing the debate. I do need to correct him on one thing, having been raised in the county town of East Sussex—Lewes. It is pronounced “Lewis”, not “Looze”, otherwise, a certain Member here will be quite angry—but we have set...

Cat Welfare (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: Yes. It is great to see so many hon. Members with such deep personal experience with cats and involvement with welfare charities. Cats are cherished members of the family for many people. They bring great joy in homes across the country, and we need to recognise that. We also need to understand, as my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham and Rainham pointed out in his excellent speech, the...

Cat Welfare (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: I join my hon. Friend in congratulating his constituent on her work in Framlingham and thanking her for it. If he will provide details, I will not only put my thanks to her on the record, but I will write to her, too, given that it has been her life’s work. I appreciate the contribution that my hon. Friend has made in putting that before us. There are so many good causes and good welfare...

Cat Welfare (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: I must confess that I was not aware of that. I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for raising what goes on in Northern Ireland with me. I am sure that the hon. Member for Strangford is aware of that, too. I will follow up with officials and see what we can learn.

Cat Welfare (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: On that point, yes, but then I had better move on to microchipping, otherwise I will be held to account.

Cat Welfare (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for bringing that to our attention. I am not the Minister responsible for the matter, so I do not want to tread beyond where I should, but I have seen similar incidents and reports in my constituency. I will follow up on the very important point he raises and get back to him on how wide the review will go. I hope it will address such issues, but I will confirm that...

Cat Welfare (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: I thank my hon. Friend for his comment. Of course I will go away and look at his points. He has made a compelling case. I, and the Government, feel some sympathy with what he says. There are practical differences between dogs and cats in terms of public safety, but notwithstanding that, there is more we want to do to promote these issues. I will gladly meet him and take forward the actions...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Meat: Ritual Slaughter (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: The Government would prefer all animals to be stunned before slaughter but respects the right of the Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs. The Government is aware that there is public interest about meat from animals slaughtered in accordance with religious beliefs being sold to consumers who do not require their meat to be prepared in...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dangerous Dogs (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: A claimant can make an application to the County Court to claim money they are owed by a person or business and this is relevant to cases involving dog attacks. The Civil Procedure Rules (Practice Direction 7A How to Start Proceedings, Part 8 Alternative Procedure for Claims and Part 27 The small claims track) set out the avenues that a claimant can use depending on whether the amount being...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Meat (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: It is already illegal to sell dog and cat meat for human consumption and the Government has seen no evidence that dog or cat meat is being sold or consumed in this country. We are aware that the USA has legislated to ban the slaughter of dogs for human consumption although we have not discussed the specific issues with the US Administration.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Meat (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, Dr Lisa Cameron, on 12 November 2018, PQ UIN 187378.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Electronic Training Aids (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: The Electronic Collars Manufacturers Association, an industry representative group, estimates that there are currently around 500,000 e-collars in the UK. We do not hold information on how much the estimated number of e-collars in the UK has changed over the last two years.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Law (11 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: During the time-limited implementation period, EU law will continue to apply in the UK subject to the terms set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. After the implementation period, all laws in the UK will be passed by our elected representatives in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. The Political Declaration recognises that the UK may choose to align with the EU’s rules in relevant...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pigmeat: Nitrates (10 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: There are no measures being taken to support the production of nitrate-free bacon. Nitrite and nitrates are permitted preservatives which help control microbiological growth. The European Food Safety Authority’s re-evaluation of permitted food additives concluded that existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates added to food sufficiently protect consumers.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Electronic Training Aids (10 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: On 27 August 2018, the Government announced that it would ban hand-held remote controlled electronic training collars for dogs. We are currently drafting the legislation needed to implement this ban.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals: Exports (7 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: Defra are committed to making our services as easy as possible for our customers. As of December, Exporters and Official Veterinarians are able to download any current Export Health Certificate (EHC) online. In parallel, we are developing a new system for EHCs that is designed to allow the integration of e-certification in the future.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals: Exports (6 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal in place, requirements for trade with third countries should not change. Our approach, tested with our largest trading partners, is to continue to use our existing export health certificates for an initial period. Defra is working to agree this with all destination countries.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals: Exports (6 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: We expect an increase in demand for EHCs for animals and animal products of 150-300% which need to be signed off by an Official Vet or in some cases by an Environmental Health Officer. This wide range is due to the lack of clarity on what conditions the EU will apply. We have analysed the existing number of official vets. Over 6,000 have the general exports qualification. Nearly 700 have...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Circuses: Animal Welfare (6 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: I refer the honourable member to the answer I gave to the honourable member for Oxford West and Abingdon on 16 October 2018 to Question 176633.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Products: Labelling (6 Dec 2018)

David Rutley: We are committed to delivering informative food labelling to protect consumer interests and ensure that consumers can have confidence in the food that they buy. When the UK leaves the EU, rules on food labelling will be carried over into UK law by the Withdrawal Act and so, standards of information currently in place will remain. After EU Exit we have an opportunity to review all food...


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