Results 181–200 of 2000 for speaker:Baroness Hayman of Ullock OR speaker:Baroness Hayman of Ullock OR speaker:Baroness Hayman of Ullock

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Report on effects (23 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: I thank the Minister for his considered response. He will probably think that I am a bit odd, but I have a copy of the report and the proposed legislation from the Law Commission by my bed. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] Thank you. I would very much appreciate a meeting to discuss how we take this matter further. Some of the Law Commission work is excellent, and it would be good to see how...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain animal welfare offences (23 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: As I said before, we are pleased to support the Bill and the increase in sentences. It is good finally to see it here and I hope we can get it on the statute book shortly. As I said on Second Reading, we have no intention of voting against it, but would rather seek to improve it where we can through amendments such as that tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Redcar. As I mentioned, we are...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain animal welfare offences (23 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: The right hon. and learned Gentleman makes an extremely important point. One thing that has been quite difficult when looking at the evidence is some of the extraordinary cruelty against animals of which people are capable. The work he did with other colleagues on Finn’s law was really important, because service animals put themselves in front of their police officers or whoever they are...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Report on effects (23 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. New clause 2 would provide for an assessment of the effectiveness of the Act, and for a report to be laid before Parliament. I hope the Minister agrees that it is good practice for our legislation to be reviewed, and for Parliament to have the opportunity to consider the extent to which it is achieving its objectives, and indeed to...

Public Bill Committee: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill: Mode of trial and maximum penalty for certain animal welfare offences (23 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. The main thing that I want to make clear is the Opposition’s support for the Bill, for which we have waited a long time. We also support the intention behind the amendment of my hon. Friend the Member for Redcar, who has done so much to bring the Bill forward. We believe strongly that increasing the maximum penalty for the worst...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: Today has been a long time coming. We welcome the Government bringing forward this vital piece of legislation, although we regret that it has taken this long, considering that it has widespread support across the House and with the general public. I hope the Bill manages to make it through both Houses and on to the statute book in a timely fashion. It is imperative that it should receive...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his well-made point, which I think we can all support. It is absolutely right that we should seek to increase the maximum penalty for animal welfare offences from six months to five years. Britain can be proud of having some of the best animal welfare practices and legislation in the world, and the Bill does what it needs to do to enhance that reputation. The...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: That is an interesting consideration, and one that will be explored within the legal system. I am sure that we can look into it further in Committee. To give an example, the RSPCA reports that a man was jailed for just 22 weeks after he was convicted of setting his dogs on a pet cat and a fox. It is important that harming the fox can carry the same sentence as harming the family pet in those...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: But if any person directs an animal to do such appalling harm, should not that person bear some responsibility? The Sentencing Council recommends that if a defendant pleads guilty at the first reasonable opportunity, the sentence may be cut by a third, so someone who commits the most serious crime against animals and pleads guilty could end up serving only four months in prison. I think we...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: I agree absolutely. There has been huge support for increasing the sentences for animal cruelty, and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has been particularly keen to get the law changed. I support the Minister absolutely in his view that we need to crack down on dog fighting and hand down the sentences that are appropriate for that crime. The Dogs Trust says that the woefully inadequate sentences...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: All animals need to be looked after to the best of human ability and should not be abused. We need the highest standards possible in slaughterhouses and abattoirs. The Opposition welcome the Bill and will support it today.

Red Squirrels: Potential Extinction — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (3 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison), my constituency neighbour, on securing the debate. I am grateful for the excellent contributions from my hon. Friends the Members for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson) and for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen), and from the hon. Members for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Anne-Marie...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medicine: Education (2 Jul 2019)

Sue Hayman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of allocating additional funding to increase the number of domestic medical student places to ensure that the NHS has adequate staff to meet demand.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (20 Jun 2019)

Sue Hayman: The role of tree planting in tackling climate change is well documented. The right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border (Rory Stewart) promised during his leadership bid to plant 100 million trees. The Minister has been mentioning targets, so it is disappointing to read this week that the Government are falling woefully short—by 71%—of their targets. Can the Minister explain why that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (9 May 2019)

Sue Hayman: Last week, the House made history by declaring a climate and environmental emergency. The Labour motion that was passed gives the Government six months to table urgent proposals to restore our natural environment and tackle devastating climate change. That means that the deadline is 1 November. The clock has started to tick. Will the Secretary of State confirm whether the Cabinet has met to...

Speaker’S Statement: Environment and Climate Change (1 May 2019)

Sue Hayman: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am proud to be part of a Parliament that has passed a motion declaring a climate and environment emergency. However, I want to draw attention to the fact that the motion included a certain set of actions for the Government to carry out. It calls on the Government “to increase the ambition of the UK’s climate change targets under the Climate Change Act...

Youth Inmates: Solitary Confinement: Puppy Smuggling (2 Apr 2019)

Sue Hayman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. As other hon. Members have done, I thank the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Nigel Huddleston) for securing this debate and for keeping up the pressure to get this terrible activity banned. We need to keep up that pressure if we are to make progress. There is huge public appetite for robust action to improve the lives of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Aichi Biodiversity Targets (28 Mar 2019)

Sue Hayman: We have heard that the UK is on track to meet only five of the 20 Aichi biodiversity targets. This is an environmental and climate emergency. Does the Minister—and the Secretary of State—agree with the around 50 councils and thousands of young people who have declared an environment and climate emergency? Will they today commit to join Labour in declaring a national environment and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Aichi Biodiversity Targets (28 Mar 2019)

Sue Hayman: The question was: will the Minister commit to join me in declaring a national environment and climate emergency? The answer, to be honest, was a bit of a fudge. Labour is going to bring this forward, with or without the Government’s support. Will the Government think again and commit to announcing an environment and climate emergency, and will they commit to meeting the youth strike action...


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