§ Mr. Patrick McNair-Wilson
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he proposes to take to improve the welfare conditions at horse and pony sales.
§ Mr. Wiggin
A code of practice will be issued to guide the operators of horse and pony sales about the provision of facili-434W ties and the rules of conduct which will best contribute to the welfare of these animals. Government veterinary staff will monitor the way in which the code is working and we shall, in due course, review the need for any further measures.
Copies of the code are being sent to market operators who are being asked to bring its provisions into operation at the earliest possible moment.