Livestock: Transport

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason an Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency inspection at Dover port found a non-compliance issue with a lorry carrying sheep from travelling on the Joline to France on 4 September 2013; and whether that lorry had been inspected at point of loading under the supervised loading scheme.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The vehicle in question was not supervised at loading and was therefore subject to an inspection by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency at Dover port, which identified vehicle approval irregularities and breaches of the technical rules set out in Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005. Consequently, it was prohibited from continuing its journey.

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