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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Martyn Day: Just after the Brexit vote in this very Chamber the Secretary of State confirmed to me that “the Scottish Government will be at the heart of the negotiation process.”—[Official Report, 6 July 2016; Vol. 612, c. 866.] Yet here we are, after the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill debates, with no sign of how the UK Government will reflect the will of the Scottish Parliament....

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport Focus: Scotland (12 Jun 2018)

Martyn Day: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of devolving responsibility for Transport Focus in Scotland to the Scottish Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Personnel Levels (11 Jun 2018)

Martyn Day: What assessment he has made of the adequacy of personnel levels in the armed forces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Personnel Levels (11 Jun 2018)

Martyn Day: Before the Scottish independence referendum, the UK Government promised to increase armed forces personnel from 11,000 to 12,500. As of October last year, there were fewer than 10,000 regular forces personnel stationed in Scotland. When will the UK Government keep their promise, or is this just another broken one?

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Martyn Day: I am pleased to be able to speak in this important debate, and I am grateful to the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) and the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall (Mr Sharma) for securing it. The fact that TB continues to kill more people every year than any other infectious disease is appalling. We have enjoyed a harmonious and well-informed debate, and I am grateful...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Martyn Day: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced limits to the renewable heat incentive for large projects, which places in jeopardy the delivery of landmark renewable energy projects in strategically important industrial areas such as Grangemouth in my constituency, where the limit is inconsequential relative to the amount of heat energy required. What actions will...

BAME Communities: Stop and Search — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (23 May 2018)

Martyn Day: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Bradford West (Naz Shah) for securing time for this important and, as it turned out, lively debate. She highlighted the risk of inappropriate stop-and-search undermining confidence in the police. That is a real concern. The key is that use of stop-and-search has to be appropriate. We heard the...

Christians Overseas (22 May 2018)

Martyn Day: Thank you, Mr Hollobone, for calling me to speak. I am also grateful to the hon. Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp) for securing this important debate. Earlier this month, I had the privilege to meet the Reverend Yunusa Nmadu, the chief executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide Nigeria and general secretary of the Evangelical Church Winning All, who gave me an insight into the awful...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: It was a privilege to open today’s e-petition debate. I am grateful to all the Back-Bench and Front-Bench Members who have taken part in what has been a consensual debate. I was happy with many of the Minister’s comments, particularly that there was merit in exploring the issue further. I look forward to the consultation in due course. I genuinely feel that Lucy’s law would...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 213451 relating to the sale of puppies by pet shops and commercial third-party dealers. The proposed ban is known as Lucy’s law. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Austin, in this immensely popular debate on a petition that collected more than 100,000 signatures in its first three days. It now has almost 150,000...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: That is a very worthwhile suggestion. No one should rush into getting a dog or any pet; it should be something people think about in detail. Equally, when they make that decision, they should not make an impulse purchase of any dog from any source. A ban on third-party sales has also gained much support from the most well-respected animal welfare organisations in the UK and beyond—the...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: I was wondering how to find a link to mention my cat Porridge in the debate—the hon. Gentleman has provided it. I think there should be such a ban. Interestingly, the Government consultation was on puppies and kittens, while the petition is clearly about puppies. There is a broader issue there and I support him on that. The organisations supporting the ban include the Royal Society for...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: I shall come to that point in my speech, but that is exactly the position as I see it too. I cannot see how rehoming can be confused with illicit dog sales. They are simply not compatible. To continue the list of organisations, it also includes IFAW—the International Fund for Animal Welfare—Cats Protection, as was mentioned, Mayhew, the Humane Society International, the National...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: I agree with the hon. Lady. She makes a good point, which I shall come on to in my speech. It seems so obvious that enforcing a ban is far easier and cheaper than a licensing system with more bureaucracy.

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: Yes, I was intrigued to see the EFRA Committee report. We are covering a lot of old ground, but progress has been made and I welcome the work of the Committee in the early stages.

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: Indeed. I shall make a similar point later. We cannot compare the seeking out and purchasing of a puppy or any family pet to love with the purchasing of arms, ammunition or drugs on the dark net, as some do. It is a completely different ball game. A ban was in fact recommended to the Government in a 2014 e-petition debate, by the EFRA Committee in 2016, as we heard, and more recently by the...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: I thank the hon. Lady for her clarification. I shall come on to many of those points as my speech develops, addressing them in turn.

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: That point is not included in my speech, so I am grateful for the additional clarification. Lucy’s law calls for an immediate ban on all commercial third-party sales of dogs. Commercial means sales as part of a business—for profit, not rescue. Third-party sellers are dealers; they have not bred the dogs themselves and they operate as middlemen between breeders and the buying...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: Indeed, it would. What is the problem with third-party sales? The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of puppy farms, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare. Currently, around 74 pet shop licences permit the sale of puppies in the UK, although very few high street pet shops sell...

Sale of Puppies — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (21 May 2018)

Martyn Day: No, but it is trained, which the breeder does not necessarily do and owners have to do themselves. Poor hygiene standards throughout the chain frequently mean that many puppies are infected with bacteria, viruses and parasites that in some cases can be transmitted to humans, for example rabies in inappropriately vaccinated imported pups. Puppies may exhibit significant behavioural issues such...


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