HC Deb 26 July 1979 vol 971 cc470-1W
Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Transport if he will introduce legislation to exempt racehorse and livestock transporters from the current regulations on spreadover, and increase the spreadover to 14 hours.

Mr. Fowler

The regulations relating to drivers working in connection with the carriage of animals, including racehorses, are very complicated and I am writing to my hon. Friend to explain the position on "spreadover". I am, however, satisfied that the regulations are sufficiently flexible to meet most needs. I have no plans to alter British regulations in this respect, and it is of course not open to member States unilaterally to vary the requirement of EEC regulations.