§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many livestock exporters have been prosecuted in the current year for breach of the welfare code for export of live 648W animals to the EEC; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wiggin
Local authorities and the police are responsible for enforcing the relevant legislation in Great Britain and the number of prosecutions for offences related to the export of live animals is 649W not recorded separately. In Northern Ireland, where the relevant legislation is directly enforced by the Department of Agriculture, there have been no prosecutions in the last 12 months.