Gamebirds

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Lord Warner, Minister of State), Department of Health, PPS (Andy Burnham, Minister of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many premises listed in the Great Britain Poultry Register in respect of the keeping of (a) pheasants and (b) partridges receive (i) live birds and (ii) eggs from outside Great Britain.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The information requested is set out in the following table:

Species Number of premises
Pheasants 191
Partridges 131
Both 118

This information was produced using data from the Great Britain Poultry Register taken on 12 May 2006. All data are subject to change.

The Poultry Register combines the import of birds and eggs from outside GB into one single question.

The GB Poultry Register captures data under the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (No. 2) Regulations 2005. Registration is mandatory for premises with 50 or more birds kept for commercial purposes. In addition, the register also includes voluntary registrations for non-commercial premises and those where fewer than 50 poultry are kept.

The completeness of the data is dependant on the level of compliance with the legislation as specified above. Owners are required to de-register if they no longer keep poultry.

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