Orders of the Day — Hunting Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Ian Cawsey Ian Cawsey PPS (Mr David Miliband, Minister of State), Department for Education and Skills 2:30 pm, 18th November 2004

May I offer clarification to the House? The report that the hon. Gentleman is referring to, which looked into the welfare implications for hunting dogs, was not from a committee of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare. The group commissioned the report, but the people on the committee were from the Kennel Club, the Dogs Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a veterinary surgeon from the university of Bristol, who specialises in dog behaviour. We did not agree with the idea of dogs being re-homed abroad—we had grave reservations about it. We simply said that when a ban was put in place in Scotland that is what some hunts did.