EU Protocol on animal sentience

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 15th November 2017.

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Photo of Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin Conservative, West Dorset 7:30 pm, 15th November 2017

May I explain what I have in mind? I am more than willing to give way to the hon. Gentleman again if he does not agree as I go along.

The first point about a better structure is that it does indeed need to have a statutory base, but that need not be in this Bill. In fact, I think it is much better that it should be an environment Bill, because an environment Bill gives the scope and opportunity to determine these things in much more detail and much more carefully, and gives the House, rather than what we have now—two and a half hours, not all of which will be spent on this topic—days and weeks of consideration in both Houses. That is the right way to do long-term environmental legislation.