Wild Animals (Circuses)

Part of Backbench Business — [29th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:44 pm on 23rd June 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin 3:44 pm, 23rd June 2011

All I can say is that 64% of Members of this House support a ban on wild animals in circuses. I cannot speak for the Prime Minister; he can speak for himself.

It has been an interesting week. This is a Government who have said from the outset that they want to reassert the authority of Parliament. This is a Government who have said that they want to listen to people. Some 92% of the British public want a ban on wild animals in circuses. More than 200 Members of this House have signed an early-day motion supporting a ban, and in a YouGov poll for Dods, 64% of Members of this House said that they want a ban, so why are the Government not listening to the will of this House and, more importantly, the will of the people?