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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department of Health
Lyme Disease: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to monitor and control the spread of Lyme disease by dog walkers.
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Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 27 June 2017

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted between animals and humans by infected ticks. Dogs can pick up infected ticks outdoors and bring them into the home or garden, which could lead to Lyme disease in any bitten human. There is no evidence to show that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person-to-person, therefore dog walkers cannot contribute to the spread of the disease.

Public Health England (PHE) provides advice to the public on being tick aware, how to remove ticks and the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. This information is available through the GOV.UK website and is relevant to dog walkers as well as the general public and can be used by local authorities in their own advice. PHE has also helped revise the patient advice on NHS Choices and the Government website contains links to Lyme disease information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/552740/Ticksandyourhealthinfoabouttickbites.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/463701/LymeDisease_SignsAndSymptoms.pdf

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Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sheep Meat: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on agreeing a bilateral trade deal to export British lamb to the US since 27 July 2016.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The US authorities are currently in the process of amending their regulation to formally lift their ban on EU ruminant products (including lamb).

Defra has provided the US authorities with required information on the UK animal and public health controls to review equivalence with US requirements. Once their review is complete we will welcome the US to conduct an in-country inspection visit.

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(Romford)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he last considered a review of sentencing for animal cruelty offences.
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(Bridgend)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Home Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2017 to Question 70559, on animal experiments, when she plans to publish her Department's response to the public consultation on section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and if she will place a copy of that response in the Library.
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(Birmingham, Hall Green)
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Government has to lengthen the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences.
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
Her Majesty's Government which secretaries of state are involved in determining sentencing policy for offences which fall under the Animal Welfare Act (2006); and which cabinet committee, if any, is required to give approval to any alteration of sentencing policy for offences committed under that Act.
Asked on: 27 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lords
Her Majesty's Government when sentencing policy for offences which fall under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) was last reviewed; and when they plan to next review that policy.
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(Chipping Barnet)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare: Court Orders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to improve the enforcement of court orders made in animal cruelty cases.
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(Chipping Barnet)
Asked on: 21 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare: Sentencing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty offences to five years.
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