All-Party Parliamentary Group for Eggs, Pigs & Poultry
The APPG for Eggs, Pigs and Poultry held its annual reception on Wednesday 29th October, hosted by the chairman of the APPG, Neil Parish MP. The group exists as a cross-party body to inform Peers and MPs interested in the egg, poultry meat and pork sectors. The group has the support of the National Pig Association, the British Poultry Council, the British Egg Industry Council and the National Farmers Union.
The reception is an informal affair and Neil Parish gave a short address on the progress of the enquiry currently being led by the APPG into planning, antibiotics and welfare associated with egg, pig and poultry production. Only the day before, the group had concluded its final evidence session. Several Peers and MPs attended the reception to chat to the industry representatives about their concerns. These concerns included, but were not limited to: parasitic red mite infestation, the 2018 EU beak-trimming ban and alternative options to prevent cannibalism, African swine fever, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus, and consumer understanding of quality assurance schemes.
On Tuesday 28th the VPRF was present alongside numerous MPs and Lords for the annual Dogs Trust Parliamentary Reception.
During the reception the Minister Lord De Mauley announced that the new regulations on dog microchipping, due to come into force in 2016, would be laid before Parliament the very same day. You can read the draft legislation on the legislation.gov.uk website: The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014.
In addition to the news regarding the new legislation, it was announced that Camilla Baldwin OBE, who first joined Dogs Trust in 1974, will be stepping down as CEO to be replaced by Adrian Burder.
Her Majesty the Queen came to Westminster today for the State Opening of Parliament. I was lucky enough to be able to watch from the Royal Gallery (between the Robing Room and the Princes’ Chamber) and saw the procession into and out of the Lords’ Chamber. Whilst the speech was good, it was also rather vague and left plenty of leeway for interpretation as the Government sees fit. Highlights of the morning were the Officers of Arms who look jolly smart dressed as coats of arms and hold what can only be described as wands (I am sure they have an official name & use), and the Cap of Maintenance, which shall now and forever be known as the Sorting hat. The Houses of Parliament seem more and more like Hogwarts.
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