Horse Racing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th April 2018.

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Photo of Lord Risby Lord Risby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current arrangements for the movement of thoroughbreds for racing and breeding purposes under the Tripartite Agreement will continue to 31 December 2020 throughout the implementation period agreed with the European Commission.

Photo of Lord Risby Lord Risby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made regarding arrangements for the movement of thoroughbreds for racing and breeding purposes between the UK and the EU following the UK's withdrawal and the implementation period.

Photo of Lord Risby Lord Risby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received concerning the risks and opportunities to the thoroughbred racing and breeding sector arising from the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Photo of Lord Risby Lord Risby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to support the British thoroughbred racing and breeding industries as the UK withdraws from the EU.

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

The Government wishes to see the rules governing the movement of horses, including the TPA, continue through any implementation period; and expects this to happen.

Our priority is for the movement of horses then to continue, following the UK's withdrawal and the implementation period, with minimal delay and bureaucracy, whilst safeguarding animal welfare, biosecurity and disease control. We are working with the sectors concerned, in order to deliver this and where change is necessary, to ensure it is in the UK’s best interests.

Separately, the British Horseracing Authority, on behalf of the British thoroughbred racing and breeding industry, responded to the Migration Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the impact of EEA workers in the UK labour market.

In addition, in April 2017, the Government implemented reforms to the Horserace Betting Levy which made it a requirement for offshore operators to pay the Levy for the first time. The Horserace Betting Levy Board estimates that the reformed Levy will generate c.£85m in 2017/18 - representing an increase of c.£20m compared to receipts from bookmakers in 2016/17 under the old system.

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