The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill to be debated by MPs
30 November 2022
On Monday 5 December, MPs will debate a petition relating to The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill
- Watch the debate (from 4.30, Monday 5 December)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate).
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #KeptAnimalsBillPetition
- Read the House of Commons Library brief
Elliot Colburn MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.
The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill
The petition, which has more than 107,000 signatures, states: “The Government promised to find time to take this bill through the next parliamentary stages so it can receive Royal Assent and become law, yet we are still waiting. For the Government to live up to its claims to be leading the way in animal welfare there must be no further delay to this legislation becoming law.”
In its response to the petition, provided on 12 August 2022, the Government said: “The Kept Animals Bill was reintroduced in May 2022 and will continue its passage through the Commons when parliamentary time allows.
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.
Petition debates don’t end with a vote to implement the request of a petition. This means MPs will not vote on The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill at the end of the debate.
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