§ Mr. Cordle
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he is taking to safeguard the welfare of horses and ponies exported from this country.
§ Mr. Peart
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have made the Export of Horses (Veterinary Examination) Order, 1966, the Export of Horses (Excepted Cases) Order, 1966, and the Exported Horses Protection Order, 1966, and they will come into operation on 15th June, 1966. Copies are available today.
Under these Orders exported horses and ponies which are exempt from full veterinary examination will be inspected for fitness to travel, except in specified cases—racehorses for instance—where this is not necessary. The Orders also consolidate the existing law and extend it to air transport.
The interests concerned have been consulted and have supported our proposals.