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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of legal advice submitted to her Department by Animal Defenders International on 7 June 2011 on the conformity of a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses with the (a) Human Rights Act 1998 and (b) European Services directive.
The Government’s assessment of the legal advice submitted by Animal Defenders International are protected by legal professional privilege which is not ordinarily waived. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend Mrs Spelman, does not propose to waive privilege on this occasion.