Sale of Puppies and Kittens

Part of Backbench Business – in the House of Commons at 11:40 am on 4th September 2014.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park 11:40 am, 4th September 2014

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on bringing this issue to the House. It matters greatly to the huge number of my constituents who have written in about it. As mentioned, local authorities have powers that they are often reluctant to use and which perhaps they do not even know they have, but this is not just about extending the licensing regime. The regime itself must be flawed, given that there are plenty of breeders whose standards do not meet even the first rung of the ladder, but who nevertheless have licences. The quality of the standard itself also needs to be addressed.