Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2003-04
3 September 2004 The draft Animal Welfare Bill: initial evidence sessions announced

3 September 2004 The draft Animal Welfare Bill: initial evidence sessions announced

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's Sub-Committee on the draft Animal Welfare Bill has decided to take oral evidence in relation to its inquiry into the draft Animal Welfare Bill. At this stage, the Sub-Committee expects to hear evidence on the draft Bill in the weeks commencing 6 September, 13 September and 11 October.

The schedule for the week commencing 6 September is as follows. The schedule for the remaining oral evidence sessions will be announced shortly.

Tuesday, 7 September: morning
10.30 am    Ben Bradshaw, Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
11.30 am    RSPCA
12.30 pm    Companion Animal Welfare Council; Kennel Club; and Pet Advisory Committee

Tuesday, 7 September: afternoon
4.30 pm        Pet Care Trust; and Pets at Home
5.15 pm        Federation of British Herpetologists; and International Fund for Animal Welfare
5.45 pm        Bioveterinary Group; Captive Animals' Protection Society (to be confirmed); and BirdsFirst

Wednesday, 8 September
3.00 pm        Mr Duncan Davidson, veterinarian; and Animals in Mind
3.45 pm        Council of Docked Breeds (to be confirmed); and Anti-Docking Alliance

Thursday, 9 September
10.30 am        Farm Animal Welfare Council; and Meat and Livestock Commission
11.15 am        National Farmers' Union
11.45 am        Farmers' Union of Wales (to be confirmed)
12.15 pm        National Sheep Association; and Rare Breeds Survival Trust



For the terms of reference of this inquiry please see the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee press notice, published 14 July 2004, available on the Committee's website: http://www.parliament.uk/efracom.

The Committee ordinarily meets in a committee room in Portcullis House at Westminster. There are often last minute changes of room and meetings may be held either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend should check the venue by calling the committee office information line the day before the hearing on 020 7219 2033.

Further information about the draft Bill is available at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' website: http://www.defra.gov.uk, under 'Animal Health and Welfare'.