Horses: Databases

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 18 April 2017.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2017 to Question 64423, what steps her Department plans to take to enforce compliance with the requirement that owners of horses and ponies register on the central equine database; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

It is the responsibility of individual horse owners to ensure that their horses are identified and registered on the Central Equine Database. Local Authorities are responsible for enforcing these requirements.

Defra launched a consultation on 5 April 2017 to implement requirements relating to the identification and registration of equines and the new Central Equine Database. It is published at:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/equine-id/revised-eu-rules-on-equine-id-eu-reg-eu-2015-262

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