Shark Fins Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:07 pm on 20th January 2023.

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Photo of Christina Rees Christina Rees Labour/Co-operative, Neath 2:07 pm, 20th January 2023

With the leave of the House, I would like to thank everyone here today for their contributions to the debate. Notably, I thank Dean Russell for his graphic description of the abhorrent shark finning procedure. I thank Selaine Saxby for highlighting the banning of the 20 kg personal allowance, which will also apply to businesses. I thank Simon Baynes—I really like his maths when it comes to our Welsh Members of Parliament—for allowing me to clarify the shark products issue. Finally, I thank my friend Virginia Crosbie—such a beautiful constituency, probably as beautiful as Neath; I did not know that she worked for “Animal Magic” and had been swimming with sharks. It is amazing what we learn in these debates.

I thank all those hon. Members who are not here today, but have supported this important Bill in its previous stages on Second Reading and in Committee. I could not close the debate without again thanking all the organisations that have campaigned for and supported the Bill. They have all contributed to developing and progressing the Bill so far, and I am sure they will continue to support its progress in the other place. Most of them are in the Public Gallery today.

I thank the Minister for her continued support and for her contribution to the debate, which is much appreciated, and the shadow Minister for his support. I thank all the Clerks and the DEFRA officials for their advice. I also thank again the wonderful team in my office, who have worked so hard to make this happen, and give special thanks to the Government Whip, Rebecca Harris, for making Friday sittings a success and for the personal support she has given me.

I look forward to seeing this Bill on the statute book and thereby continuing to drive up standards of global shark conservation.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time and passed.