Pheasants: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th May 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pheasant (a) eggs for hatching and (b) live birds were imported into England from each (a) EU and (b) third country in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many partridge (a) eggs for hatching and (b) live birds were imported into England from each (a) EU country and (b) third country in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The number of pheasant hatching eggs and live birds imported into England from the EU between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019 was:

Species

Commodity

Country Of Origin

Total

Partridge

Live Birds

France

1,722,269

Spain

465,168

Partridge Total

2,187,437

Pheasant

Hatching Eggs

France

17,627,250

Poland

1,241,460

Portugal

142,630

Spain

767,260

Live Birds

Belgium

12,000

France

5,382,706

Ireland

1,000

Pheasant Total

25,174,306

The number of pheasant hatching eggs and live birds imported into the UK from third countries between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019 was:

Hatching eggs – 54,600

Live birds – 5,250

All imports were from the USA.

There are no recorded figures for partridge hatching eggs imported from the EU. In addition, there were no imports of partridge live birds or hatching eggs from third countries.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency is not able to determine how many of the above imports from third countries were imported into England.

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