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Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I am delighted to be able to speak in this debate, and I begin by declaring two interests. First, the RSPCA animal hospital is situated in my constituency of Putney. The hon. Member for Leeds, North-West (Greg Mulholland) said that the sanctuary in his constituency had goats. We do not have many goats in Putney, but if we did, I am sure that the RSPCA hospital would take excellent care of...

Orders of the Day — Animal Welfare Bill (10 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I believe that research conducted in America shows that there is a close link between child abuse and animal abuse. I understand that the RSPCA is starting to examine the matter with a bit more rigour and to do its own studies, the results of which will be available later this year.

Written Answers — Transport: Heathrow Airport (11 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses to the first stage of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports consultation relating to Heathrow advocated a rise in the number of night flights over and above the existing movement restrictions at Heathrow; how many advocated (a) a reduction in the number of and (b) a ban on such flights in (i) the...

Written Answers — Transport: Heathrow Airport (11 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many consultation responses relating to Heathrow were received in the (a) first and (b) second stage of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports consultation; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Transport: Heathrow Airport (11 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses to the second stage of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports consultation relating to Heathrow (a) supported and (b) opposed the proposal in paragraph 7.25 for a rise in the number of night flights over and above the existing movement restrictions at Heathrow; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Departmental Staff (16 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Department spent on activities relating to the recruitment of head count to the Department in each year from 1997; what the latestestimates are for (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c) 2007–08; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Transport: Night Flights (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to question 40915, on night flight restrictions, when he will announce his decisions in relation to the stage two consultation paper of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 3 - Responsibility for animals (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I very much support the points that my hon. Friend has just made, particularly about amendment No. 92, which would close a loophole at a time when an animal may be most at risk. I accept that there might not have been so many regular cases of dogs being kidnapped and pets being taken out of their environment by other people in the past, but unfortunately it is becoming increasingly common....

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 4 - Unnecessary suffering (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I, too, add my support to the amendments. In particular, I support the proposal to specify mental welfare in the Bill, which is wise for several reasons. First, it would align the Bill with the explanatory notes. The Bill will obviously have to be enforced when it becomes law, but its main aim is the prevention of cruelty. In the real world, people are first alerted to an act of cruelty by...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 4 - Unnecessary suffering (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: The phrase that the hon. Lady may be looking for is that this could be a get-out clause for people to use in a court of law.  

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 5 - Mutilation (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: Thank you, Mrs. Humble. It is an honour to serve on a Committee chaired by you.   I am pleased to speak about tail docking. We need to keep in mind what the Committee are trying to achieve, which is the maximum animal welfare provision for, in this case, dogs. We face a pretty straightforward choice. First, I can see no justification for cosmetic docking. It is not needed for therapeutic...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 5 - Mutilation (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I am grateful for that intervention because I was about to come on to some logic that might help explain my position. We need to understand how many dogs of the working dogs breeds are, in practice, working. There is some evidence that it is a minority, which suggests that we tend to take a precautionary approach towards banning the docking of working dogs. However, as an MP being offered a...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 5 - Mutilation (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: Clearly, we are getting to the heart of the issue. This is an extremely emotive subject. We need to take out the emotion and look at the pure facts of what impact a ban on docking in working dogs that actually work would have in terms of animal welfare. I urge the Government to follow the RSPCA's suggestion, which is to engage some hard scientific research to help the House decide when the...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 5 - Mutilation (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I thank the Minister for his very helpful intervention. I should clarify my position. I believe that it is up to the Government to justify why we should not have a ban on docking working dogs and to provide the scientific evidence to justify why it is not an issue.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 5 - Mutilation (17 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I want to pick up on the Minister's comment that it is not the Government's role to convince anyone. It is, to an extent, their job. I cannot do the necessary masses of research and visit Sweden and all the other countries where such a ban has already been imposed. The Government have a vital role to play in providing information for us on which to base the decisions that we are asked to...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 7 - Fighting etc (19 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I am listening to the Minister with interest and am grateful to him for giving way. Clearly, there is some legal doubt. If the RSPCA lawyers say that there is a difficulty with the wording of the Bill but the Government lawyers say that there is not, surely the precautionary principle would require us to try to remove the doubt, as there is no doubt that the people who will be prosecuted...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 7 - Fighting etc (19 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: The problem with the clause is that it talks about the process of an animal fight—the preparation and the engagement—and stops in the wrong place. It should cover related events that may take place after the fight. The nub of the problem is that the process of an animal fight has not been captured fully by the clause, which is why it should be extended to include recording and viewing.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 7 - Fighting etc (19 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I am puzzled by the Minister’s comments that making such behaviour an offence will not stop it happening. Surely if the law is strengthened so that people can be more readily prosecuted, that is precisely the effect that it will have.

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 7 - Fighting etc (19 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: I understand what the Minister is trying to say, but I do not accept his arguments at all. First, there is a world of difference between a computer-generated image of animal cruelty and an image that is created through genuine animal cruelty, which is what the amendment seeks to tackle. Secondly, if the amendments were included in the Bill, we might find that people who get sadistic pleasure...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare Bill: Clause 7 - Fighting etc (19 Jan 2006)

Justine Greening: The only people who will leave this Room feeling happy as the Bill stands are organised criminals, who are happy making and distributing recordings of the animal fights that they organise. That is a ludicrous situation. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if there is a loophole, we should at least try to close it, rather than just fall over backwards and admit defeat?


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