Results 1–20 of 690 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Daniel Zeichner

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: My hon. Friend is making a good speech. Yesterday, members of the Transport Committee sat for many hours interrogating leaders of the industry, both train operating companies and Network Rail, trying to find out who runs the railways. After all those hours, answer came there none. Does my hon. Friend agree that there are two scenarios? First, the Secretary of State is in charge, in which...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Housing (18 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: There is growing interest on the Opposition side of the House in funding social housing through land value uplift. Does the Minister have any plans to introduce a land value cap within the lifetime of this Parliament?

Airports National Policy Statement — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (7 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: Will my hon. Friend give way on that point?

Airports National Policy Statement — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (7 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: The element of risk in this whole process is an important point. The Committee identified many risks. In the event of a delay or the project not going forward, would it not make sense for the Government to consider using alternative provision where there is capacity at other airports, such as Gatwick and Stansted? There is a real risk with this project and we cannot end up in a situation in...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: It has been a good debate and there have been many thoughtful contributions from all sides. I joined the Petitions Committee only recently, and this is the first time I have introduced a debate. It is a testimony to the power of the e-petitions process that so many people got engaged, signed the petition and are watching us today. My worry is that they will think that all we have had is a...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 200888 relating to the sale of animal fur in the UK. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. The e-petition, headed “Ban the sale of animal fur in the UK”, explains: “Fur farming was banned in England and Wales in 2000, followed by Scotland in 2002. However fur products can still be legally...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I assure my hon. Friend that that is the direction in which I shall proceed in the next few minutes. To return to the history and as the petition states, 18 years ago Parliament banned fur farming in England and Wales. That ban was extended to Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2002. As the petitioners note, that means that in effect we now outsource the issue. We do not want fur farming on our...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: Once again, I agree; I shall come on in a moment to some of the cruelties that have been described—but I am still trying to look back 20 years. I shall get there. The ban was originally proposed by my hon. Friend the Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle), in her private Member’s Bill, the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill. As some of us have cause to reflect, such Bills do...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I find myself in much agreement today—

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: Once again, I am in agreement. I am still trying to go back 20 years in my speech. I shall advance slowly.

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: No, I am not going to give up—but I give way.

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: Tempting though it is, I do not intend to widen the debate on to other issues. I am still trying to go back 20 years, so I shall continue for the moment. At that time we were of course fortunate in having a Labour Government, and they took up the cause. The Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 was passed, and the then Minister of State, Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Baroness Hayman, said:...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: The hon. Gentleman is prescient. I will come on to fake fur later, and I agree with his observations. Since the implementation of the ban, we have effectively continued fur farming internationally, by allowing in fur imports. Some estimates put the value of the fur imported at £670 million. Humane Society International, which has campaigned powerfully on the issue, estimates that, based...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend and near neighbour. Complicit is a word I have already used, and that is effectively what we are by maintaining this trade.

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: All my hon. Friends are so prescient that my hon. Friend has now stolen my peroration, but never mind; we will come to that in time. On the subject of faux fur, I do not think anyone, on witnessing or reading the evidence given recently to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee about the living space allocated to some of these poor animals, could help but be sickened.

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I absolutely concur with my hon. Friend’s comments, and commend her for the work she did all those years ago. Now we have the opportunity to build on that and go further. Going back to the awful conditions faced by animals, sometimes they are overfed to become much larger than their frames are suited to. Apparently that yields more fur but, unsurprisingly, it can give the animals...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: Once again, I agree with my hon. Friend. Going back to those fur farms abroad, the evidence is somewhat contested and there are different conditions in different countries, but it seems to me that the straightforward answer to that is to stop the outsourcing in general. It is not a case of it being out of sight, out of mind; while we are still allowing imports and the sale of fur in this...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: Once again, I agree with the hon. Gentleman. The petition itself is testimony to the strength of public feeling, but on top of that, a YouGov poll in February this year showed that 69% of the public, nearly seven in 10, would support a ban on the import and sale of fur in the UK. There is a significant majority across Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat voters too. It is cross-party. It...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I thank the hon. Gentleman; I will come very specifically to that point later in that speech, but my belief is that we do have the power.


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