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Leaving the EU (26 Nov 2018)

Henry Smith: I declare an interest, as a chair of the all-party group on animal welfare. Under the agreement reached between the British Government and the EU yesterday in Brussels, would it be possible for this country unilaterally to end live animal exports for slaughter?

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare (16 Oct 2018)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to the monitoring of animal welfare standards in 2019-20 after the introduction of CCTV in slaughterhouses throughout England.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill (Draft) (22 Jun 2018)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans for Clause 1 and Clause 2 of the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill to be introduced as separate pieces of primary legislation.

Foie Gras Imports (13 Jun 2018)

Henry Smith: ...gras to the United Kingdom. While this has been an historic week in respect of European Union exit legislation, Members will be aware that Brexit also gives us a significant opportunity to enhance animal welfare. Foie gras is a product derived from the livers of ducks or geese that have been force fed maize repeatedly by having a metal tube inserted down their throats two or three times a...

Foie Gras Imports (13 Jun 2018)

Henry Smith: I am grateful to the hon. Lady, and I pay tribute to the work she has done on many animal welfare issues. She is right to say that this is a quite disgusting form of production. If more people appreciated the fact that they were eating a diseased organ, I am sure that the percentage of people expressing outrage at foie gras being allowed in this country would be even higher. The Animal...

Foie Gras Imports (13 Jun 2018)

Henry Smith: ...constituents and the correspondence I have received from them during the various stages of the legislation we have debated over the last two days, it is clear that ensuring that we have enhanced animal welfare provisions after we have left the EU is a priority for many people in Crawley, as it is up and down the country. Those representations are very much in my mind this evening, and as...

Foie Gras Imports (13 Jun 2018)

Henry Smith: .... Friend is right. Many alternatives to products that are produced cruelly, such as fur, are coming on stream all the time. I welcome the Government undertaking significant reforms in the field of animal welfare. Taking pride in our natural surroundings, enhancing the environment and ensuring suitable conditions for animals are things in which we all have an interest. I welcome the action...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill (Draft) (5 Jun 2018)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department plans to publish its response to the Draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill 2017 Consultation, published on 12 December 2017.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Live Animal Exports (21 Mar 2018)

Henry Smith: May I seek assurances that, as we leave the European Union, in Northern Ireland as in the rest of the United Kingdom we will use the opportunity to enhance animal welfare standards?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare (7 Dec 2017)

Henry Smith: What plans he has to improve animal welfare standards after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare (7 Dec 2017)

Henry Smith: The Secretary of State has done more for animal welfare in recent months than was achieved in many years previously, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for that. Will he assure the House that as we will be leaving the EU, the customs union and the single market in 2019, we are making preparations now to ensure that, for example, the banning of live animal exports and the import of foie...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Henry Smith: One animal welfare benefit is that on leaving the EU, we could ban the live export of animals from our ports, which causes such great suffering.

European Council (14 Mar 2017)

Henry Smith: I commend the Prime Minister on her statement. Does she agree that now is a good time to consider raising environmental and animal welfare standards as we leave the European Union? For example, we currently cannot stop the export of live animals.

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming (24 Jan 2017)

Henry Smith: I warmly congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing this debate. With regards to the animal welfare standards of food production, would she agree that the introduction of CCTV in all slaughterhouses is an important part of that to ensure that some of the abuse that has been widely reported can be stopped, because those operators will understand that they are being monitored?

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Slaughterhouses: Animal Welfare (12 Sep 2016)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential benefits of requiring CCTV animal welfare standards monitoring in slaughterhouses; and if she will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Trapping: Animal Welfare (23 Mar 2016)

Henry Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect on animal welfare of the use of glue traps.

CCTV in Slaughterhouses (3 Feb 2015)

Henry Smith: I am grateful for the opportunity this evening to raise the issue of the need for CCTV to be installed and monitored in slaughterhouses, in an effort to better aid animal welfare. I personally have been vegetarian for more than a quarter of a century, because I am concerned about animal welfare issues in the production of meat, and also for food and environmental sustainability reasons, but I...

CCTV in Slaughterhouses (3 Feb 2015)

Henry Smith: ...at once, and too many incidents have been missed, as I will discuss. Proper training is essential, but having an all-seeing eye and independent monitoring would ensure the maximum quality of animal welfare conditions in our slaughterhouses. The recording to which I was referring shows appalling violence. The Food Standards Agency has so far suspended the licences of three workers, and I...

CCTV in Slaughterhouses (3 Feb 2015)

Henry Smith: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her intervention. My brother is a farmer, and many farmers I have spoken to are deeply concerned that the welfare that they care about when the animals are on their farm is discarded in the final moments in the slaughterhouses—I received an e-mail about that just earlier today. I will come on to address the cost to slaughterhouses, but it would range from...

CCTV in Slaughterhouses (3 Feb 2015)

Henry Smith: ...period of time and then made available to independent inspectors. I know of a number of groups that would be willing to provide that service at no cost to the taxpayer because of their concern for animal welfare. Let me return now to the RSPCA and the Freedom Food scheme. The two organisations have direct practical experience of seeing and assessing the issues associated with the operation...


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