Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:11 am on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Conservative, North East Hertfordshire 10:11 am, 8th February 2019

I am very eager that the law covers the whole United Kingdom. The position in Northern Ireland is slightly difficult because it has a different animal welfare law from the 2006 Act, which covers only England and Wales. When I looked into this with the House authorities, I found that it would be very difficult to amend my Bill to cover Northern Ireland, for example because the long title refers to the 2006 Act, which applies only to England and Wales. I was told that if I tried to amend the Bill to include Northern Ireland, I might lose it. However, this is clearly a very important thing to look at, and I am certainly supportive of doing something for Northern Ireland.