HL Deb 27 January 2003 vol 643 c136WA
The Duke of Montrose

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether all local authorities have been able to comply with the regulations regarding the time by which the submission of data on sheep movements is required by the central animal movement licensing system database; and if not, what percentage of the times of submission are found to be in arrears. [HL1028]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty)

Keepers of sheep are required to report movements of sheep to the local authority within three days of the movement taking place. Local authorities make every effort to ensure that livestock movements are entered onto the animal movement licensing system (AMLS) with the minimum delay. The table below gives a breakdown of the time taken to enter sheep movements in England and Wales onto AMLS.

Moves reported between 6 September and 3–30 November
within number percentage of total
3 days 47,841 28.7
4–5 days 29,478 17.7
6–10 days 44,202 26.5
11–15 days 19,419 11.7
16+ days 25,765 15.5
Total 166,700
Moves reported between 1 December and 8 January
within number percentage of total
3 days 12,246 41.9
4–5 days 4,814 16.5
6–10 days 7,381 25.3
11–15 days 3,243 11.1
16+ days 1,546 5.3
Total 29,230

It should be noted that the database does not record the date that the notification was received by the local authority. It is not therefore possible at present to identify what proportion of the late entries can be attributed to late submission of the movement document by the recipient of the livestock. This is being addressed.