Horses: Transport

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th March 2021.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many horses travelled between the UK, the Republic of Ireland and France under the Tripartite Agreement in each month from January 2020 to February 2021 inclusive.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The number of equines exported from the UK to France and the Republic of Ireland from January 2020 to February 2021 are as follows:

Month

UK to France

France to UK

Jan 2020

106

148

Feb 2020

120

102

Mar 2020

114

112

April 2020

115

61

May 2020

76

201

June 2020

418

73

July 2020

337

84

Aug 2020

198

70

Sept 2020

195

78

Oct 2020

274

145

Nov 2020

78

112

Dec 2020

241

187

Jan 2021

N/A

N/A

Feb 2021

N/A

N/A

When the TPA was renegotiated between the UK, the Republic of Ireland and France it was decided that there would be no requirement for certification and/or electronic moves to be recorded between the UK and the Republic of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Therefore, there are no records held on the number of TPA equidae moves between the UK and the Republic of Ireland on any APHA database or TRACES.

There are no figures for 2021 as the Tripartite Agreement ended when the UK exited the EU on 31 December 2020.

This data was extracted from the TRACES. TRACES is a European Commission system employed by EU member states to facilitate and record animal/animal product movements into and throughout the EU.

This response has been compiled by the APHA from data provided by third parties, and as such is reliant on the providers for the accuracy of the information.

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