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MPs debate a motion on animal welfare

23 March 2017

On Thursday 30 March MPs will debate a motion on animal welfare in the House of Commons.

Neil Parish will lead and open the debate.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

A full transcript of the debate will be available from Commons Hansard three hours after the debate.

Motion to be debated:

"That this House notes that current penalties for animal welfare offences in England are amongst the lowest in Europe; believes that while the Government's plans for a new licensing regime for dogs in England is welcome the Government should consider a ban on the third party sale of dogs; and calls on the Government to increase the maximum penalty for animal welfare offences to five years, as recommended in the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee’s Third Report, Animal welfare in England: domestic pets, HC 117."

A full copy of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee's Third Report is available to read online.

The debate will be followed by a general debate on matters to be raised before the forthcoming adjournment led by Ian Mearns MP.

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

Further Information

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