Horses: Databases

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th March 2018.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure all horse owners register with the Government's Central Equine Database.

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

All horses resident in the UK are required to hold an equine passport, which requires registration with a UK Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO). Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/262 requires the particulars of this passport to be included in a national equine database, which includes details of the horse’s owner. The UK therefore requires all PIOs to share relevant data with the Central Equine Database. This gives government, Local Authorities and the Food Standards Agency access to records on all horses and other equines resident in the UK.

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