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Lords completes scrutiny of Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill

15 May 2024

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The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill had its third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, on Tuesday 14 May.    

The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill seeks to end the export of certain animals for fattening and slaughter from and through England, Wales and Scotland.

Final checks

Third reading is the chance for members to ‘tidy up' a bill, making small changes to ensure it is effective.   

No amendments (changes) were put forward ahead of third reading. Members discussed the progress of the bill at the conclusion of its Lords stages.

Catch up

Explore further information 

Read background on the bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Next steps

As both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill, it now awaits the final stage of Royal Assent where it will become an Act of Parliament (law).

A date for Royal Assent has yet to be scheduled.

What's happened so far?

Report stage

Further detailed examination of the bill took place during report stage on Wednesday 8 May.

Committee stage

Committee stagea chance to thoroughly examine individual parts (clauses) of the bill, took place on Thursday 14 March.

Second reading 

Second reading, a full debate on the key principles of the bill, took place on Wednesday 21 February. 

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