§ Mr. Mullin
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to secure compliance with the prohibition on the routine tail docking of piglets in the Welfare of Livestock Regulations 1994; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Morley
The docking of piglets' tails is not unlawful under the Welfare of Livestock Regulations 1994 where there is evidence on the farm that injuries to animals are otherwise likely to occur. We are currently examining the application of these rules to make sure that the objective of protecting pig welfare is properly met.