To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(1) whether he plans to require the provision of water for farmed ducks to swim in on welfare grounds;
(2) pursuant to the question of 15 November 2007, Official Report, column 339W, on ducks, whether his Department plans to make changes to the welfare regulations relating to ducks as a result of the research project on the welfare of farmed ducks.
The results of the DEFRA-funded research project a "Study to Assess the Welfare of Ducks Housed in Systems Currently Used in the UK" are being prepared for publication and will be submitted to a scientific journal shortly. We will consider the report in detail before deciding on a way forward.