§ Mr. McAvoy
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the welfare of bovines.
§ Mrs. Browning
The welfare of bovines is protected on the farm by regulations and codes of recommendation made under the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 and in transit by the Welfare of Animals during Transport Order 1992.
The Farm Animal Welfare Council, which advises Ministers on the welfare of all farm animals, is studying the on-farm welfare of dairy cows, and will report in due course.