HC Deb 11 May 1971 vol 817 cc196-7
32. Mr. Brewis

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how long ponies imported from abroad are kept in quarantine before being disposed of to private owners.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond) on 4th May.—[Vol. 816, c. 313,]

Mr. Brewis

Is my hon. Friend satisfied that this system of certification by foreign veterinary surgeons is working satisfactorily and that there is no fear of infectious diseases spreading among the equine population of this country?

Mr. Stodart

No horses or ponies are allowed in from any country where African horse sickness exists, and a veterinary certificate is needed from an exporting country. Animals arriving without one are isolated and examined.

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