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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14485: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 7 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00925 by Fergus Ewing on 6 February 2018 (Official Report, c. 7), in light of the cabinet secretary's comment that "the export of live animals from Scotland is done for other reasons—breeding and production. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has indicated that the value of that totals £50 million a year", what information it has regarding how HMRC calculated the figure, including how much of this represents exports for (a) breeding and production and (b) slaughter.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 13 March 2018

The Scottish Government understands that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs collect information from Customs declaration forms to estimate the value of live animal exports from Scotland. This figure includes all live animal exports to countries outside the UK.