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Animal Welfare: Circuses

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 221W, on animal welfare: circuses, for what reasons it was considered that to ensure full participation assurances should be given to participants that the data collected would be confidential; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The decision to agree to confidentiality for these specific papers rests with the previous Government. The participants have reiterated to this Government that confidentiality should be maintained and, having considered the circumstances, the Government's view is that confidentiality should be respected.

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