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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department 12:00 am, 8th January 2018

I congratulate my right hon. and learned Friend on his ten-minute rule Bill. The Government share his view that attacks on service animals are unacceptable and should be dealt with severely under the law. As he will know, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill, which will increase the maximum penalties available for animal cruelty, including attacks on service animals. The short answer to his question is that of course I would be delighted to meet him.