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star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many racehorses were killed on UK racecourses between 1 January and 31 May 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Slough more like this
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Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
unstar this property uin 263252 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of racehorses at British racecourses and the BHA works alongside the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make horseracing as safe as possible. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on 14 May, I met with the BHA as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged, and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes. I stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results and intend to stay in regular contact with the industry to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare.</p><p> </p><p>The number of racehorse fatalities at UK race tracks is published annually by the British Horseracing Authority. The latest available figures are for 2018 and were published on 29 January, which can be found at <a href="https://www.britishhorseracing.com/regulation/making-horseracing-safer/" target="_blank">https://www.britishhorseracing.com/regulation/making-horseracing-safer/</a>.</p><p>The Government does not hold any data for 2019.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
263250 more like this
263251 more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T14:56:52.083Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T14:56:52.083Z
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4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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4638
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1130140
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ask the British Horseracing Authority to publish data on the number of pregnant mares that have raced in this country in (a) 2019 and (b) 2018. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
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Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
unstar this property uin 260546 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of all racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of all racehorses and already have rules in place to regulate the welfare of all racehorses including that of pregnant mares.</p><p> </p><p>Under these rules, the BHA must be notified within 25 days of a mare being found in foal. A mare that is in foal is permitted to run until 120 days of pregnancy. No evidence has been found to suggest that there is any detriment to the health and welfare of either the mares or foetuses during this period. According to BHA, in 2018 there were 91 runs by 33 pregnant mares on British racecourses, and there have been 38 runs by 18 pregnant mares to date in 2019. The Government understands that the recent fatality at Hexham racecourse is the only fatality from all pregnant mares notified to the BHA as having run within the last five years.</p><p> </p><p>As such, the Government is satisfied that the BHA rules provide adequate protection for the welfare of pregnant mares in British horseracing and we do not plan to bring forward legislation to ban the racing of pregnant mares. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met with the BHA and stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results. I intend to stay in regular contact with the industry to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare for all racehorses including pregnant mares.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
260544 more like this
260545 more like this
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less than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.76Z
star this property answering member
4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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304
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
1138376
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2019 to Question 242198 on Horse Racing: Animal Welfare, what the timescale is for improving the design of starting stalls. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
unstar this property uin 276229 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of racehorses at British racecourses and the BHA works alongside the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make horseracing as safe as possible.</p><p> </p><p>In relation to starting stalls, the incidence of stalls fatalities is low. In 2018 there was one stalls fatality over the course of 6,591 flat races. In addition the BHA Starting Team discuss any incident which occurs in the stalls with Veterinary Officers and staff handlers to improve safety.</p><p> </p><p>However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer in general which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met with the BHA as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes. I stressed the need for the BHA in conjunction with the Horse Welfare Board to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results and intend to stay in regular contact with both the BHA and newly appointed Horse Welfare Board to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-07-16T15:45:53.287Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T15:45:53.287Z
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4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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4471
unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1131400
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2019 to Question 259406, what further action is being taken following the meeting on 14 May 2019, in order to tackle avoidable harm to horses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Slough more like this
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Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
unstar this property uin 263250 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of racehorses at British racecourses and the BHA works alongside the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make horseracing as safe as possible. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on 14 May, I met with the BHA as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged, and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes. I stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results and intend to stay in regular contact with the industry to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare.</p><p> </p><p>The number of racehorse fatalities at UK race tracks is published annually by the British Horseracing Authority. The latest available figures are for 2018 and were published on 29 January, which can be found at <a href="https://www.britishhorseracing.com/regulation/making-horseracing-safer/" target="_blank">https://www.britishhorseracing.com/regulation/making-horseracing-safer/</a>.</p><p>The Government does not hold any data for 2019.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
263251 more like this
263252 more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T14:56:52Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T14:56:52Z
star this property answering member
4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
star this property tabling member
4638
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1134896
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of veterinary research funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board on the welfare of horses since 2000. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
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Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
unstar this property uin 269623 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>The Government considers that veterinary research is vital to improving the lives of all horses.</p><p> </p><p>The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is a non-departmental public body which was established to administer the Horserace Betting Levy, under which betting operators pay 10% of their profits on British racing back to support the sport.</p><p> </p><p>One of the statutory objectives of the HBLB is focused on the advancement or encouragement of veterinary science or veterinary education. To this end, the HBLB have invested over £35 million since 2000 in veterinary research and education, which I understand supports the welfare of all equines in Great Britain as well as thoroughbreds. Specific projects undertaken include the development of a novel technique for assessing and improving respiratory performance in racehorses.</p><p> </p><p>The Government welcomes these initiatives and acknowledges the importance of continued veterinary research to the welfare of horses.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T13:40:44.897Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T13:40:44.897Z
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4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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253
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
1134897
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-26more like thismore than 2019-06-26
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Horse Welfare Board in improving the standards of welfare in horseracing. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tewkesbury more like this
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Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
unstar this property uin 269624 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. On 14 May, I met the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This Board was formed in March 2019 and includes members from across the racing industry, veterinarians and animal health and welfare specialists. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes and is working on producing an equine welfare manifesto, outlining the industry’s priorities in this area. I stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results, and will continue to stay in regular contact with both the BHA and the newly appointed Horse Welfare Board to monitor progress of key actions and to press for further improvements in racehorse welfare.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
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less than 2019-07-01T13:49:17.757Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T13:49:17.757Z
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4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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253
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Laurence Robertson more like this
1134274
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the British Horseracing Authority's standards of regulation on horse welfare in British racing compared to other international racing jurisdictions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
unstar this property uin 268342 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of racehorses at British racecourses and the BHA works alongside the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make horseracing as safe as possible.</p><p> </p><p>The BHA has strong links to the international racing industry and was involved in establishing the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Horse Welfare Committee.</p><p> </p><p>The Government considers that the standards of regulation, veterinary provision and facilities and fixtures at British racecourses is good. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met the BHA as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This Board was formed in March 2019 and includes members from across the racing industry, veterinarians and animal health and welfare specialists. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes. I stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results and intend to stay in regular contact with both the BHA and newly appointed Horse Welfare Board to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
268340 more like this
268341 more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T16:06:06.693Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T16:06:06.693Z
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4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
1134272
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the standards of regulation, veterinary provision and facilities at fixtures at British racecourses regulated by the British Horseracing Authority to uphold horse welfare. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
unstar this property uin 268341 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of racehorses at British racecourses and the BHA works alongside the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make horseracing as safe as possible.</p><p> </p><p>The BHA has strong links to the international racing industry and was involved in establishing the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Horse Welfare Committee.</p><p> </p><p>The Government considers that the standards of regulation, veterinary provision and facilities and fixtures at British racecourses is good. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met the BHA as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This Board was formed in March 2019 and includes members from across the racing industry, veterinarians and animal health and welfare specialists. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes. I stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results and intend to stay in regular contact with both the BHA and newly appointed Horse Welfare Board to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
268340 more like this
268342 more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T16:06:06.647Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T16:06:06.647Z
star this property answering member
4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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116
unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
1134270
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the establishment of the new Horse Welfare Board on further improving the high standards of welfare in British racing. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
unstar this property uin 268340 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of racehorses at British racecourses and the BHA works alongside the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare to make horseracing as safe as possible.</p><p> </p><p>The BHA has strong links to the international racing industry and was involved in establishing the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) Horse Welfare Committee.</p><p> </p><p>The Government considers that the standards of regulation, veterinary provision and facilities and fixtures at British racecourses is good. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met the BHA as well as the new independent Chair of the BHA’s newly appointed Horse Welfare Board. This Board was formed in March 2019 and includes members from across the racing industry, veterinarians and animal health and welfare specialists. This was a constructive meeting where the number of fatalities of racehorses was acknowledged and both sides agreed that further action is required to tackle avoidable harm and make the sport safer.</p><p> </p><p>The Board committed to doing all it can to improve welfare outcomes. I stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results and intend to stay in regular contact with both the BHA and newly appointed Horse Welfare Board to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
268341 more like this
268342 more like this
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less than 2019-07-02T16:06:06.567Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T16:06:06.567Z
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star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
1130139
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Horse Racing: Animal Welfare remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the British Horseracing Authority on the death of a pregnant mare on 21 May at Hexham racecourse; and if he will request a report from the course vet on the decision to allow the mare to race. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
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Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
unstar this property uin 260545 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
star this property answer text <p>The Government is keen that the welfare needs of all racehorses are well met, both during their racing lives and afterwards. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of all racehorses and already have rules in place to regulate the welfare of all racehorses including that of pregnant mares.</p><p> </p><p>Under these rules, the BHA must be notified within 25 days of a mare being found in foal. A mare that is in foal is permitted to run until 120 days of pregnancy. No evidence has been found to suggest that there is any detriment to the health and welfare of either the mares or foetuses during this period. According to BHA, in 2018 there were 91 runs by 33 pregnant mares on British racecourses, and there have been 38 runs by 18 pregnant mares to date in 2019. The Government understands that the recent fatality at Hexham racecourse is the only fatality from all pregnant mares notified to the BHA as having run within the last five years.</p><p> </p><p>As such, the Government is satisfied that the BHA rules provide adequate protection for the welfare of pregnant mares in British horseracing and we do not plan to bring forward legislation to ban the racing of pregnant mares. However, both I and the BHA consider that more can be done to make horseracing safer which is why I have been holding regular discussions with the BHA about this. Most recently on the 14 May, I met with the BHA and stressed the need for the BHA to develop a robust action plan that will deliver tangible results. I intend to stay in regular contact with the industry to continue to press for improvements in racehorse welfare for all racehorses including pregnant mares.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
star this property answering member printed David Rutley more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
260544 more like this
260546 more like this
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less than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T11:05:26.697Z
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4033
star this property label Biography information for David Rutley remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this