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Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Poultry: Animal Welfare (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The welfare of ducks is provided for in welfare the general provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007. Defra has a duck code which encourages high standards of husbandry for the keeping and breeding of farmed ducks, including requirements for handling; suitable housing; stocking rates; and the provision of feed and water. The...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Smuggling (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The Government takes the welfare of all animals seriously, and that is why we have committed to cracking down on puppy smuggling. It is an abhorrent trade which causes suffering to the smuggled dogs and puts the health of pets and people in the UK at risk.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Imports (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: No assessment has been made of the level of food products that are at risk of climate change and imported from other countries. Climate change occurs on a global scale, and the International Panel on Climate Change has stated that warming greater than the global average is being experienced in many land regions. The UK imports approximately £50 billion of agri-food products per year. Of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The Government’s 25-year bovine TB eradication strategy published in 2014 aims to secure officially bovine TB free status for England by 2038 and is the basis of all we are doing to combat the disease. The cornerstone of our strategy is a policy of regular testing and removal of infected cattle from herds. We have also incrementally introduced tougher controls on cattle movements from...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Compensation (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: Responsibility for animal health policies, including statutory compensation schemes, is fully devolved. Defra carried out a statutory review of the relevant legislation in England - the Cattle Compensation (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012 No.1379) and the Individual Ascertainment of Value (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012 No.1380) - in 2016. A summary report of that review published in July 2017 is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: Bovine TB is one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK and the disease costs the public over £100 million a year, with the cost to the farming industry around £50 million a year. The Government badger cull costs are published annually on the GOV.UK website and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/bovine-tb-governm ent-badger-control-costs. The 2019 costs...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: In Area 32-Cumbria the cull area is made up of two parts, the minimum infected area and the outer cull area. The minimum infected area is based on: the location of the infected badgers, associated farms and contiguous breakdown areas, plus a radius of the estimated average social group territory based on main sett distribution; and the location of another farm with a TB breakdown very...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Cumbria (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: Natural barriers to badger movement were used, as far as practical, for the outer boundary of Area 32 to minimise the risk of possible perturbation effects. Area 32 is made up of two parts, the minimum infected area and the outer cull area. The outer cull area acts as a buffer between the minimum infected area, where the majority of infection is located, and those outside of the cull area.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Bovine Tuberculosis: Cumbria (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: A ‘buffer zone’ currently operates around the minimum infected area in Area 32-Cumbria; this is referred to as the outer cull area (OCA). Both the minimum infected area and the outer cull area together make up the intervention area. The OCA is based on estimated average badger social group territory size surrounding the minimum infected area, to take into account the possibility that...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fisheries: English Channel (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: During the transition period the UK will continue to abide by the current rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, which apply to all UK, EU and other vessels fishing in UK waters. The safety of the UK fleet remains our highest priority and we continue to monitor the presence and activities of vessels in the English Channel, as we do across the rest of our waters. We have already taken measures...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Origin Marking (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: At the end of the transition period, we will establish our Geographical Indication (GI) schemes, as part of our strategy to protect regional and traditional foods. All current UK GI-protected products, including TSGs like Traditionally Reared Pedigree Welsh Pork, will continue to enjoy legal protection in the UK. The new UK GI schemes will welcome applications from the day the schemes enter...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rabbits: Animal Welfare (10 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 it is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to an animal or to fail to provide for its welfare and this includes rabbits kept in all respects. The maximum penalty for these offences is six months’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. However, the Government recently announced its support for a Private Members’ Bill which seeks to increase the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Busking: Animal Welfare (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The Government takes the issue of the illegal importation of dogs and puppies seriously. All dogs entering the UK must be compliant with specific documentary and health preparations intended to safeguard their welfare and the biosecurity of this country. We have one of the most rigorous pet travel checking regimes in the world and any dogs found to be non-compliant with import rules may be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: African Swine Fever (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The UK has robust measures and guidance to protect against the introduction of exotic diseases such as African Swine Fever (ASF). These measures include import bans on livestock and products of animal origin from high risk areas, a movement standstill regime and a ban on feeding swill to pigs. UK authorities at the border also carry out documentary checks to ensure the country of origin of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Pigs: Animal Housing (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The UK is ahead of most other pig producing countries in that 40% of sows already farrow freely on outdoor pig units and are not confined to crates. The Government believes the aim should be for farrowing crates not to be necessary. It is important that we make progress towards a system which both works commercially and safeguards the welfare of the sow as well as the piglets, and that we do...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for City of Chester, Christian Matheson, on 20 January 2020, WQ 3774.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Products: Import Duties (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The Secretary of State regularly meets the National Farmers Union (NFU) to discuss a range of issues. The Government is developing a new UK Most Favoured Nation tariff schedule which will enter into force on 1 January 2021. The Department for International Trade launched a public consultation to inform the UK’s new independent global tariff policy on 6 February. The consultation will be...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agricultural Products: Prices (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: Modelling conducted by Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) showed that under a Most Favoured Nation scenario there is a firming in agricultural commodity prices which would likely boost farm incomes. However, modelling carried out by the Resolution Foundation also showed that a similar scenario would increase consumer prices by around 4%.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Dogs: Animal Welfare (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: There are already laws and regulations in place to protect animals used by buskers. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, it is a criminal offence to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal, and to administer an injurious or poisonous drug to an animal. Specific concerns about the welfare of dogs used by buskers can be reported to local authorities, the police or the RSPCA.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: January Agriculture and Fisheries Council (6 Feb 2020)

George Eustice: The UK did not attend the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels on 27 January 2020. The UK Government decided that until the 31st of January UK Ministers and officials only attend EU meetings where the UK has a significant national interest in the outcome of the discussions.


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