Written Answers - Animal Welfare.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 700 No. 2

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  122.  Deputy John Perry  Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food  Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith   the action taken by his Department to ensure a co-ordinated approach to animal health and welfare legislation between here and in Northern Ireland during the preparation of the proposed animal health and welfare bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3805/10]

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Brendan Smith): Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Mindful of the commitments to the development of an All-Island Animal Health and Welfare Strategy agreed under North South Ministerial Council arrangements, officials from both administrations are in ongoing contact on issues of mutual concern pertaining to animal health and welfare in both parts of the island including a co-ordinated approach to legislation appropriate to the area. Drafting of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill, which gives effect to commitments in the Programme for Government and the Renewed Programme for Government is ongoing in my Department and I intend to submit the proposed Heads of this Bill to the Government at an early date this year.


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