With the leave of the House, I am grateful and privileged to have cross-party support for the Bill. All hon. Members made important points. Darren Henry said that we must protect animals from extinction—definitely. I loved the story of how Jill Mortimer rescued the shark, which tops mine. It is wonderful that she saved it. The ex-salesperson, Mark Eastwood, brought so much humour to the debate. If the Bill gets to Committee, he ought to be a member, so he can entertain us all the way through.
Edward Argar, who is my friend in many ways, highlighted that this is a small and perfectly formed Bill. He said that it does not need any more and that it strikes a balance. I am grateful for his comments. Felicity Buchan highlighted that we work together. She said that many of her emails were about animal welfare, so she makes it a priority. She said that her constituents would support the Bill, for which I am grateful. How could I ever forget Dean Russell, who now has the nickname “Jaws”? It is true that sharks drown or bleed out, which is absolutely tragic.
There were superb interventions from my hon. Friends the Members for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) and for West Ham (Ms Brown), for which I am grateful. I am also grateful for the support from my hon. Friend Ruth Jones on the Labour Front Bench. I thank the Minister again for his support. He said that he has two coasts to look after—I could not think of anyone better to do that. I also thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.
Question put and agreed to.
Bill accordingly read a Second time; to stand committed to a Public Bill Committee (