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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied eggs procured by (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is responsible.
The requested information about the steps DFT is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied eggs is as follows:
D FT c entral Department
The central Department does not use liquefied eggs.
DVLA do not use liquefied eggs.
The Driving Standards Agency's (DSA) supplier of shell eggs will be fully compliant with the requirements of the European Union directive 1999/74/EC on the welfare of laying hens by the end of 2011. These standards will be verified independently by representatives of the British Lion scheme, which promotes the traceability, safety and quality of British eggs. DSA's supplier of liquefied eggs uses British ‘Lion Quality’ Eggs to make their products.
The Highways Agency has taken no specific steps.
Other arm ’ s length bodies
The requested information is not held for the remainder of DFT's arm’s length bodies as they do not have catering contracts in place.