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(a) 60 veterinary surgeons employed as "additional temporary registrations for the foot and mouth outbreak";
(b) 16 veterinary surgeons listed on the "supplementary veterinary register"; (c) 20 veterinary surgeons registered on the "temporary list"; and
(d) 118 veterinary surgeons in the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture Veterinary Service.[HL4994]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): During the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001 the Government were able to call upon additional veterinarians as below:
(a) 60 foreign government veterinary surgeons who received "additional temporary registrations for the foot and mouth outbreak" between 20 February and 31 March 2001.
(b) None of the 16 veterinary surgeons listed on the "supplementary veterinary register" who are registered under Section 8 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Under the terms of registration, these veterinarians are restricted to specific acts of veterinary surgery. Consequently, none was employed as a veterinary surgeon on the eradication of FMD.
(c) None of the 20 veterinary surgeons on the "temporary list" who are registered under Section 7 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Under the terms of registration, these veterinarians are restricted to specific acts of veterinary surgery. Consequently, none was employed as a veterinary surgeon on the eradication of FMD.
(d) Three out of a total of 118 veterinary surgeons in the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture Veterinary Service assisted in the eradication of FMD in Great Britain.
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Lord Whitty: Orders made today will simplify the current rules on livestock movements from 31 July. Camelids (including llamas) and zoo animals will no longer require movement licences or be subject to biosecurity requirements for livestock shows and sales. In addition, sheep dipping, tagging and scanning will no longer require a licence. The rules for multiple pick-ups and multiple drops-offs of livestock will also be simplifed.
Whether they consider that it would be desirable to introduce a Civil Service Bill on the lines proposed by the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Richard Wilson, in his speech of 26 March. [HL4198]
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The Government's position on legislation for the Civil Service is as set out in their submission to the Committee on Standards in Public Life, copies of which are in the Libraries of the House.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Proposals for a Doncaster airport station are at a very early stage. The need, or otherwise, for state aids approvals would depend on the funding arrangements for the station.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Before making a designation order under Section 108 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the country making the request for designation has in place satisfactory provision for the granting of driving licences. This involves an assessment by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and the Driving Standards Agency of the arrangements for driver testing and licensing, as well as the standard of the driving test, the arrangements for the withdrawal of licences for road traffic offences and a road safety analysis.
On what basis they are no longer satisfied that Kenya does not qualify to be designated for the purposes of exchangeable driving licences under Section 108(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.[HL5036]
Doubts about the authenticity of some Kenyan licences presented for exchange first arose in 1991. Discussions with the Kenyan authorities, including a visit to Nairobi in 1999 to establish verification procedures, failed to resolve continuing difficulties. Finally, following due notice and a period of consultation, the exchange arrangement was rescinded.
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