§ Lord Morris of Manchester
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What action they are taking to protect horses and their owners from the risk of damage and disease as a result of horses being artificially inseminated by lay people who are not currently regulated or required to undergo any specific training; and whether they support the proposal of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for secondary legislation to regulate lay inseminators for at least two years. [HL60]
§ Lord Donoughue
We agree with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that artificial insemination of horses may be undertaken by trained and competent lay persons. This will require an exemption order under the Veterinary Surgeons Act and separate legislation under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 1984 laying down welfare and disease control measures. This matter is still under discussion with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.