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House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Dear Lord Dear Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they intend to take to ensure that all horses in the United Kingdom have up-to-date identification documentation.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Domestic horse passport legislation is enforced by local authorities, which take a risk-based approach to enforcement in their areas. Horse passports are intended to ensure the safety of meat for human consumption, and the Food Standards Agency is responsible for verifying that all horses accepted for slaughter for human consumption are correctly identified.

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