Esther McVey: I too would like to extend praise to the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) for all his hard work and his contributions. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered allocations to UK-EU fisheries following the UK’s departure from the EU. Sitting suspended.
Esther McVey: Before we begin, I remind Members that they are expected to wear face coverings when they are not speaking in the debate, in line with current Government and House of Commons Commission guidance. I remind Members that they are asked by the House to have a covid lateral flow test twice a week if coming on to the parliamentary estate, which can be done either at the testing centre in Portcullis...
Esther McVey: I am not minded to set a speech limit, but everyone should know that we will go to the Front-Bench spokespersons at 10.25 am.
Esther McVey: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential contribution of transport infrastructure to levelling up in Cheshire.
Esther McVey: Winnington bridge provides vital access to thousands of homes and businesses in Cheshire. It needs completely rebuilding to cope with the current demands and the increased housing scheduled for the area. May I urge the Government to provide funding for that as part of their levelling-up agenda?
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.