London Zoo Lease — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:10 am on 14 March 2023.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East 10:10, 14 March 2023

I thank Ms Buck, my hon. Friend Nickie Aiken, and Jim Shannon, who is no longer in his place—I have managed to silence the hon. Gentleman, which must be a unique achievement. I also thank the Opposition spokesperson, Stephanie Peacock, and the Minister for contributing to the debate.

It is quite clear, from my speech and the other speeches we heard, that in the view of the House the lease should be extended to a minimum of 150 years, so that ZSL can continue the wonderful work it does. As there is all-party support and we have debated the concept, that means there is no need for a debate on Second Reading of my private Member’s Bill. The Government have said the extension is a good thing to do and the Opposition agree, so there is no reason for anyone to block the Bill on 24 March. I look forward to intense discussions with my hon. Friend the Minister and her ministerial colleague in the other place, ensuring that we can get my private Member’s Bill on the statute book without delay, so that ZSL can continue the wonderful work it does.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
has considered the matter of the lease for London Zoo.

Sitting suspended.