Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, James Paice, responded to an urgent question asked by Mary Creagh, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in the House of Commons on Thursday 19 May on the decision not to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Watch and read the urgent question and the views expressed by MPs, on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.
Find current parliamentary material on animal welfare in the Topics section on the Parliament website.
Topics: Animal Welfare
Urgent questions are asked at the end of Question Time. If something has happened, normally a matter of public importance, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to ask an urgent question.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked at the end of Question Time.
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