Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2005-06

24 October 2005

Avian influenza and Animal Welfare Bill: evidence sessions


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will take evidence from Defra Minister Ben Bradshaw MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, on Tuesday 15 November at 2pm. The first part of the session will cover avian influenza, followed by discussion of the Government's Animal Welfare Bill.

The Committee has decided to inquire into the Bill, which was presented to Parliament on 13th October. The inquiry will be short. It will focus on the differences between the current version of the Bill and that which formed the basis of the Committee's comprehensive Report on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Animal Welfare Bill, published in December 2004. Consideration will also be given to the Government's response to this Report.

Interested parties are invited to submit brief written evidence on the Animal Welfare Bill. Comments should be confined to any significant differences between the draft version and the Bill as now presented. Submitters are asked to focus their submissions on those differences which suggest new developments or shifts in Government policy since the Government's response to the Committee's Report on the draft Bill was published.



1.The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has agreed to hold the following oral evidence session:

Tuesday 15 November 2005

Subject: Avian influenza
2.00 pm Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare; and Defra officials

Subject: Animal Welfare Bill
3.00 pm (approx) Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare; and Defra officials

2.The Committee's report on the Draft Animal Welfare Bill was published on 8 December 2004 HC 52 I & II. The Government's reply was published on 3 March 2005 HC 385.

3.The text of the Animal Welfare Bill can be found on the Defra website at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/

The Committee normally meets in a committee room 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.


Evidence should be submitted in Word or rich text format, and should be sent by e-mail to efracom@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words long. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include an executive summary  not more than one page long. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

There is no formal deadline for submission of evidence but it would be helpful for the Committee to have submissions by Monday 7 November. Due to time restrictions submissions received after the oral evidence session are unlikely to be considered by the Committee. For further information about the Committee's inquiry, please contact Jenny McCullough on 020 7219 2735.

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