Madeleine Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the abuse of older people in social care; and if he will make a statement.
Madeleine Moon: If there are no more spurious points of order, thank you everyone for your time.
Madeleine Moon: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 4, in the schedule, page 5, line 34, after “vehicle,” insert “including caravans, trucks and trailers,”. This amendment would ensure an inspector’s power of entry includes caravans, trucks and trailers.
Madeleine Moon: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 3, in the schedule, page 4, line 38, leave out “except” and insert “including”. This amendment would allow animals, held by those who are suspected of committing an offence under the Act, to be seized.
Madeleine Moon: Please do.
Madeleine Moon: Before we begin, I have a few preliminary points. First, gentlemen, given the warmth of the room, please feel free to remove your jackets. Please switch electronic devices to silent. Tea and coffee are not allowed during the sitting. Today we begin line-by-line consideration of the Bill. The selection list for today’s sitting, which is available in the room, shows how the selected...
Madeleine Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that local authorities have the resources to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Madeleine Moon: We will now hear oral evidence from Animal Defenders International, the Born Free Foundation, and PETA. We have until 11.25 am for this session. Will the witnesses please introduce themselves?
Madeleine Moon: If there are no further questions from Members, I thank the witnesses for their evidence.
Madeleine Moon: Good morning, everyone. We will now hear oral evidence from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the British Veterinary Association, and Freedom for Animals. I remind all Members that questions should be limited to matters within the scope of the Bill, and that we must stick to the timings in the programme order the Committee has agreed. We have until 10.30 am for this...
Madeleine Moon: Thank you. I am happy to take questions.
Madeleine Moon: Can I ask everyone to speak up? This is a dreadful room for acoustics. It would be really helpful. I am certainly struggling at this end of the table. I am sure everyone must be having the same problem.
Madeleine Moon: I was leaning forward to make sure that I could hear everything. My apologies for the room. The microphones are at their maximum, so there is nothing else I can do except ask people to speak up. A lady at the back has also indicated that she cannot hear, so it is not just me. If Members have one or two questions that they want to run together, I am more than happy for them to do so. You do...
Madeleine Moon: Before we proceed, I remind everyone that it can be tempting to think of this session as a personal conversation between the person asking the question and the person replying. The rest of us would like to be involved. When you ask a question, please make sure that I can hear it—and everyone else at this end of the room—and also when giving the replies. Especially with women, there is...
Madeleine Moon: Before I proceed, gentlemen, if any of you are finding it close in here, please feel free to take your jackets off.
Madeleine Moon: The questions are specifically for the witnesses and not for the civil servants.
Madeleine Moon: Our attention should be on the witnesses.
Madeleine Moon: We have five minutes left for this panel. I currently have five Members who wish to ask a question, and I intend to take those who have not yet done so. May I please ask everyone to be succinct?
Madeleine Moon: Single-word answers and quickly, please.
Madeleine Moon: That brings us to the end of the time allotted for the Committee to ask questions—we really do count it down in seconds in this place. I thank the witnesses on behalf of the Committee for their evidence and Committee members for being so tolerant and withdrawing questions at the end.