Esther McVey: What plans she has for hotels used by her Department to accommodate asylum seekers.
Esther McVey: Residents of Tatton are concerned about the ongoing nature of supposedly temporary accommodation for immigrants who arrive in the local area. Some hotels are becoming full-time immigration centres and those residing there are in limbo in our town centres. What is the timescale for processing these individuals and for reverting the accommodation back into hotels?
Esther McVey: Before I call Chris Evans, I wish to make a short statement about the sub judice resolution. I have been advised that there are legal proceedings this week before the information rights tribunal. I am further advised that the House’s sub judice resolution of 2001 does not apply to first-tier tribunals, so those legal proceedings are not sub judice. All hon. Members should, however, be...
Esther McVey: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) for securing this important debate and for her unyielding determination to keep the issue in the public’s consciousness and alive in Parliament. Nazanin and her family have been subjected to the utmost cruelty—a never-ending emotional torture. Just when they think that freedom is within their grasp, it is ripped...
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 111, page 5, line 10, leave out “veterinary surgeon” and insert “competent veterinary surgeon with appropriate specialist expertise in the health and welfare requirements of the species the licence relates to”. This amendment would require that premises inspections for licence renewals be conducted by a competent...
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 107, in clause 3, page 2, line 21, at end insert— “(g) their social grouping.” This amendment would add the social grouping of primates to standards that can be included under licensing conditions. Amendment 108, in clause 3, page 2, line 21, at end insert— “(g) microchipping of any primate kept under...
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 10 to 14 and 18.
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 71 to 78, 5 to 9, 79 to 81, 15 to 17, 19 to 25, 27 and 28, 30 to 35, 59 and 60, and 65 to 67.
Esther McVey: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 114, in clause 15, page 8, line 29, leave out— “basic welfare needs of the primate” and insert— “welfare needs of the primate as required by the Animal Welfare Act 2006”. This amendment would clarify that keepers must meet the Animal Welfare Act requirements and the associated Code.
Esther McVey: Before we begin, I have a few preliminary reminders for the Committee. Please switch electronic devices to silent. No food or drink is to be consumed during sittings except for the water provided. Members are expected to wear masks when they are not speaking, in line with current Government guidance and that of the House of Commons Commission. I remind Members that they are asked by the House...
Esther McVey: We move on to our final witness of the day, Dr Hazel Wright, senior policy officer at the Farmers Union of Wales, who is joining us virtually. We have until 5.30 pm. Dr Wright, please introduce yourself for the record.
Esther McVey: If there are no further questions, on behalf of us all, I thank Dr Hazel Wright, senior policy officer at the Farmers Union of Wales.
Esther McVey: We move straight on to our next witness, Mike Flynn, who is also joining us virtually. He is the chief superintendent of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Could you please introduce yourself?
Esther McVey: Are there any other questions?
Esther McVey: They are all coming in! Let us start with Cherilyn Mackrory.
Esther McVey: Absolutely.
Esther McVey: Mike Flynn, chief superintendent of the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, thank you very much indeed for your time.
Esther McVey: We will now hear from Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association, who will appear virtually. We have until 4.30 pm. Could the witness please introduce herself for the record?
Esther McVey: I am sure he will ask some more, Minister. We now go to the hon. Member for Cambridge.
Esther McVey: As there are no further questions, I extend our thanks to Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association, for joining us.